Third Sector Podcast #11: Election special

In the latest episode, we find out what the three main political parties can offer charities and talk to Lord Hodgson about the lobbying act

With the general election looming, the latest Third Sector Podcast finds out more about what the policies of the three main political parties might mean for charities and whether the lobbying act is still in need of reform. 

Third Sector's Rebecca Cooney and Emily Burt speak to Baroness Barran, the Conservative Minister for Civil Society, Bobby Dean, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Lewisham Deptford, and Vicky Foxcroft, the Labour candidate for Lewisham Deptford and shadow charities minister.

Each guest discusses what charities can expect from a government led by their party if they win a majority at the polls on 12 December.

Rebecca and Emily are then joined by Jay Kennedy, director of policy and research at the Directory of Social Change, to analyse the candidates' responses and to find out what voluntary sector organisations should be doing to make their voices heard. 

Rebecca also speaks to Lord Hodgson, the Conservative peer who called for reforms to the lobbying act after reviewing it in 2016. She asks whether he still believes it should be reformed and what advice he has for charities in this election.

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