A Labour government will repeal the gagging law

rose.jpgThe health of our democracy depends on people's right to campaign on the issues they care about. That’s why a Labour government will repeal David Cameron's gagging law.

The Tories' Lobbying Act is an attack on our democracy. It hits charities and campaigners hard, limiting their right to fight for important causes, while allowing professional lobbyists to escape scrutiny. And it has left expert organisations who have a vital contribution to make to public debate unsure about whether they are allowed to speak out. Governments should not be afraid of criticism or lively debate.

Labour will ensure charities and campaigners can speak out freely on the issues that matter to them.

1) We will repeal the Tories’ changes to campaigning rules which stop charities speaking out.

2) We will consult properly with charities, campaigners and the public to determine what reforms we need in place of the Tories' gagging law, to ensure transparency and protect freedom of speech.

3) We will make the lobbying industry more transparent by introducing a universal register of all professional lobbyists backed by a code of conduct and sanctions.

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