Regulator 'sorry' to War on Want

By Rosie Walker, Third Sector, 30 July 2008

The Charity Commission has apologised to campaigning charity War on Want for unintentionally misleading journalists over its response to complaints about the group's Palestine campaign.

Earlier this year, two Conservative MPs complained to the regulator that the group's campaign against poverty in Palestine was political because it criticised Israeli government policy (23 April, page 3).

The commission told journalists at the time that War on Want had been asked to clear future campaigns with the regulator in advance.

But the commission later described this as a "misunderstanding". In an email to John Hilary, director of War on Want, Nicola Edwards, head of intensive compliance work at the commission, said: "I can confirm that there was no expectation or agreement for you to 'consult us before pursuing further controversial campaigns'."

Hilary said: "The commission has agreed that aspects of the political situation in Israel are eligible targets for campaigning, so we're very pleased.

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