'Gagging bill' petition received by MP

This is The West Country: CAMPAIGNERS present the 38 Degrees petition to David Laws MP. CAMPAIGNERS present the 38 Degrees petition to David Laws MP.

DOZENS of people from in and around Ilminster came together on Saturday to present their MP with a petition.

Ry Coffman, on behalf of 38 Degrees, and supporters handed a petition against a ‘gagging law’ signed by 188,000 people nationwide to David Laws MP during his advice centre at the 3D Sensory Centre in Wharf Lane.

It asks the coalition Government to re-examine – and amend or scrap – the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill going through the House of Lords.

Mrs Coffman said: “The Bill is being rushed through Parliament with the intention of being in force a year before the run-up to the election in 2015.

“The Bill will severely curtail the activities of charities and democratic campaigning groups like 38 Degrees, while allowing corporate lobbying to continue practically unaffected.”

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