Labour MP introduces bill to repeal the lobbying act

The bill has been put forward by Thomas Docherty, MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, and is scheduled to receive its second reading on 27 February

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A Labour backbencher has put a bill before parliament to repeal the lobbying act.

The Labour Party announced in April that if it was elected it would repeal the legislation and consult charities and campaigners about what laws should be introduced to replace it.

The act, which gained royal assent in January, introduced caps on the amounts that organisations can spend on campaigning on issues that could be perceived as party political in the run-up to elections.

Charities are concerned that the legislation could prevent them from speaking out during election periods.

Thomas Docherty, the Labour MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, yesterday introduced to the House of Commons the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (Repeal) Bill 2014/15.

It was announced without any debate and was scheduled to receive its second reading on 27 February.

However, private member's bills rarely become law and this bill, which is a presentation bill, a form of private member's bill, is extremely unlikely to gain either the necessary parliamentary time or cross-party support for it to succeed.

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