Adrian Sanders, the MP who recently tabled an Early Day Motion criticising the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, appeared to distance himself from the move this week.
The Liberal Democrat tabled a motion claiming that the PFRA "does not operate any serious regulatory standards" (Third Sector, 26 January), but has admitted that he was persuaded to take the step by Charity Check, an organisation run by Philip Cowen that analyses fundraising.
"You need to speak to Charity Check about this," said Sanders. "They have been flagging up these concerns and contacted me about it as I have been working with them for some time.
"Early Day Motions never get this amount of headlines - I think Third Sector is taking it far too seriously."
A spokeswoman for the PFRA said that the organisation had tried to instigate talks with Cowen about his concerns, but so far had had no success.