MEP candidates in UK pressed to sign a sector manifesto

UK candidates for the European Parliament are being urged to sign up to a manifesto for the voluntary sector, with major implications in areas such as disability legislation.

The NCVO has written to the top five candidates in each of 11 English constituencies, seeking their endorsement of the manifesto, which includes the right of charities to criticise European policy and legislation irrespective of EU funding.

Several charities are part of the NCVO's European working group that produced the document, including Amnesty International, the NSPCC, One World Action, the RNID, the RNIB, and the RSPB.

Chris Stalker, head of campaigns at the NCVO, said: "We've made progress recently on minimum period of consultation on EU legislation, and the right of voluntary organisations to campaign irrespective of any EU funding."

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