MP welcomes lobbying bill

By a County Press reporter

Monday, February 3, 2014


MP Andrew Turner has welcomed the government's new lobbying bill, aimed at tightening regulation on campaign spending during elections.

Isle of Wight MP Mr Turner said the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill would bring greater transparency to politics, but it has attracted criticism from charities over fears it will stop them from campaigning on government policy.

Mr Turner said however, the legislation would only affect party political election campaigns, not campaigns on policy alone.

"Almost 400 Islanders have contacted me about this bill. I thought it was originally very badly drafted and it is never a good idea to rush legislation.

"However, the principles behind the bill are sound. There should be transparency on who is lobbying the government of the day and third parties should not be able to engage in political campaigning without being transparent and accountable.

"Charities play a vital role in the democratic process and the bill will allow them to continue doing that, whilst ensuring party political campaigning, which charities are prevented from doing by law, is transparent and everybody will know how much money is being spent."

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