Electoral Commission's doubts on lobbying bill, Liam Fox's resignation from a forces charity and the ASA's ban on a St John's Ambulance advert

Plus: the voluntary sector organisations on the list to provide probation services, the RSPCA's appointment of a senior lawyer to review its prosecution policy and the gender imbalance among senior fundraisers

Jenny Watson, chair of the Electoral Commission
Jenny Watson, chair of the Electoral Commission
- The chair of the Electoral Commission, Jenny Watson, told a committee of MPs that it will be difficult to police the spending limits on campaigning proposed in the controversial lobbying bill. Meanwhile, opposition amendments to the bill have been withdrawn in the committee stage in the Lords: the government has pledged to increase the proposed limits during the Lords report stage in January.

- The Conservative MP and former defence secretary Liam Fox has resigned as patron of the charity Afghan Heroes, which is the subject of a statutory inquiry by the Charity Commission over concerns about management and low levels of charitable expenditure. Fox said there was a breach of trust because the charity did not tell him about the inquiry.

- The Advertising Standards Authority has reversed an earlier decision and banned an advert by St John Ambulance that shows a man who survives cancer but chokes to death at a party where no one has first aid skills. The pressure group Full Fact disputed the accuracy of the charity’s claim that 140,000 lives could be saved if more people could do first aid.

- The Ministry of Justice has published a list of 30 bidders that have passed the first stage to be considered for contracts for its £450m Transforming Rehabilitation programme. Charities including Crime Reduction Initiatives and the Shaw Trust are among those shortlisted either to be prime contractors or to work in partnership with private or public sector organizations.

- The RSPCA has appointed Stephen Wooler, former head of HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, to review its policy for prosecuting animal welfare cases. The animal charity was criticised by some MPs and newspapers for the case it brought successfully against the Heythrop Hunt.

- A survey by the Institute of Fundraisers has found that men are twice as likely as women to hold senior jobs in the profession, despite the fact that the majority of fundraisers are women. The IoF's chief executive, Peter Lewis, said more must be done to rectify gender and race imbalances.

These are the top stories. For all the past week’s ouput, go the news page on ThirdSector.co.uk

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