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UK government bows to pressure over lobbying bill

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5525 (Published 10 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5525
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government has bowed to pressure from dozens of organisations, including charities and the BMA, to amend its proposed new lobbying law amid widespread accusations that the legislation would prevent them commenting on public policy issues in the 12 months before an election.

The move also comes after concern on the part of the Electoral Commission, the watchdog that would have to enforce the new law, that it would be unworkable.

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on 3 September and went to a …

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