Today ConservativeHome reported on the opposition from the Left to the new Lobbying Bill, which also covers trade unions and election campaigning by organisations which are not political parties, such as charities and campaign groups.
The Guardian had reported on the opinion of one barrister from the radical chambers founded by Cherie Blair that the Bill will have a “chilling effect on freedom of expression” by charities and third sector organisations. The Leftist commentator Owen Jones warned that the Bill “will crush democratic freedoms”, endorsing the TUC’s verdict that the bill is something “worthy of an authoritarian dictatorship”. The online campaign group 38 Degrees has been getting its followers to write to MPs claiming that the Bill threatens a “vital part of British democracy. It would gag campaigning from much-loved charities and community groups for the entire year before a general election.”