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ACEVO chief warns: amend Lobbying Bill further or exclude charities altogether

ir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of ACEVO today issued a warning to the Government in advance of the Lords’ debate on the Lobbying Bill.

Sir Stephen argued that charities would have no choice but to seek an exemption if further amendments to the bill were not forthcoming.

Commenting, Sir Stephen Bubb, said: “Last week the Government recognised that the Lobbying Bill as it stands is flawed and made welcome concessions on the bill.

“But ACEVO have argued consistently that the bill is still dangerous to civil society. And since the Government announced that it would make concessions we have argued consistently that there was still significant risk.

“The Lords debate today and the third reading next week must yield significant movements.”

Commenting on the proposed charity exemption, Bubb added: “In the absence of significant concessions that abandon constituency limits and remove staff costs from campaign spending, ACEVO supports exempting charities from this draconian regime.

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