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Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Leader of the House, responding to warnings from leading charities that the Government’s lobbying bill could have serious consequences on their ability to speak out during election campaigns, said:

“The Government urgently need to rethink their plans to gag charities and campaigners in the run up  to the election. If they don’t, it will be clear that this is a sinister attempt to insulate their record and their policies from legitimate, democratic criticism.
“I’ve heard deeply troubling reports from charities and campaigners over the last few weeks - this bill could force them out of public debate.”

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