Local MP Tessa Munt is inviting residents to attend an open meeting to discuss the Transparency of Lobbying Bill on Friday 18th October at The Swan Hotel, Wells.
One of the aims of the Transparency Bill is to remove big money from politics to prevent our political system from ending up like that in the USA.
However, some have raised concerns about the impact the Bill might have on charities.
Tessa said “I’d like to thank those who contacted me to express their concerns about the Transparency of Lobbying Bill. I will reply to each correspondent mentioned in last week’s papers individually.”
“Under UK law, it has always been illegal for charities to campaign politically. Nonetheless, it is not, and it never was, the intention of the Government to restrict in any way the ability of charities to raise awareness of the impact of actions or inaction by the State, or to press for changes to Government policy.”
The Minister has made amendments which seek to address the concerns raised about the effect on charities. These will be debated by MPs this week, after which the Bill will be considered by Members of the House of Lords.
Tessa has welcomed the opportunity to listen to local residents’ questions on 18th October. The meeting will take place at the Swan Hotel, Wells from 6pm – 7pm. If you plan to attend and have a specific question, please call Tessa’s office on 01934 710748 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
8th October 2013