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Scientists welcome government climbdown on “anti-lobbying” clause

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 05 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6547
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Ministers have backtracked on a plan to impose a ban on research bodies and charities that are in receipt of taxpayers’ money from speaking out against government policy.

The government unveiled what critics described as an “anti-lobbying” clause when it introduced new standards for bodies in receipt of government grants in February. However, academics and charities warned that it would prevent them from speaking freely on government policy.1 In April the government exempted some scientists from the clause and put the …

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