Oxfam response to Government defeat over Lobbying Bill
Jon Slater Head of News
15th Jan 2014
Responding to the passing of a key amendment removing most staff costs from campaign spending limits in the Lobbying Bill, Mark Goldring, Oxfam Chief Executive, said:
"It is ironic that it has taken the unelected House of Lords to strike a blow for democracy and stand up for charities threatened by the Lobbying Bill. The strength of feeling among peers is clear - the Government should now take the opportunity to back down gracefully and accept this amendment when the Bill returns to the Commons.
"However, even with this amendment some key issues remain. Ministers should take the chance before the next debate to drop unworkable constituency limits and restrictions on coalition campaigns."