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Labour asks Baroness Sherlock to review the lobbying act

The party, committed to repealing the act, has asked the former charity chief executive, now a Labour peer, to consult charities and campaigning groups

The Labour Party has asked the Labour peer Baroness Sherlock, a former charity chief executive, to lead a review of the lobbying act as part of the party’s pledge to repeal the controversial legislation.

The lobbying act, which became law in January, set tighter caps on the amounts organisations can spend on campaigning in the run-up to elections. The first period regulated by the act will start on 19 September, before the next general election in May 2015.

In April, Angela Eagle, shadow leader of the Commons, said that if it was victorious at next summer’s general election, the party would repeal the act and replace it with a universal register of all professional lobbyists backed by a code of conduct and sanctions.

The party today announced a wide-ranging review of the legislation, which will involve consulting widely with charities and campaign groups on what regulation there should be.

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