Andrew Gwynne MP has revealed that respected local charities across Denton and Reddish could have its voice gagged by the Tory-led Government’s Lobbying Bill, with potentially damaging consequences for people in the constituency.
This could make it much more difficult for small charities and local organisations to hold the Tories and Lib Dems to account for their record in Government, to campaign against their policies and to highlight how these policies have a damaging effect on people in Denton and Reddish.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“This bill would discourage and restrict those who are already working hard to improve their communities. David Cameron came into Government claiming to be passionate about building the ‘Big Society’ but the truth is that this Bill will make life much tougher for our charities.”
“Small charities in our community do so much to protect and improve the lives of local people. David Cameron should be helping them instead of trying to gag them by creating an unnecessary administrative burden.”
“This bill amounts to a gag on charities and campaigners and is a desperate attempt by the Government to prevent their record and policies from being criticised and scrutinised at a local level.”