How your MP voted on the Gagging Law

38 degrees have published a handy list of MPs and how they voted for key ammendments My own MP Jim Dowd of the authoritarian Labour Party did okay. Did my letters work?

Meanwhile, the Backbencher has more information about the problems and politics around the Act, it includes a little good news and a few ideas:

Although the bill has been passed, many are still vehemently protesting against it. Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) said that “We must be clear: civil society must never lose its voice. We must stand up for our beliefs and refuse self-censorship. ACEVO will work tirelessly to ensure that this Bill does not gag charities and campaigners”. Thomas G Clark who writes for the blog Another Angry Voice suggests that nationwide dissent may be the only viable response: “One possibility is that mass non-compliance with the rules will render them literally unenforceable. If charities, voluntary organisations, protest groups, trade unions and religions all refuse to comply with the regulatory burdens of the legislation, what can the Tories actually do about it?”

Read the whole thing.

Gagging law U-Turn

Campaigners “left right and centre” were united against the Gagging Law, an anti-lobbying policy designed to restrict corporate vote buying has ended up restricting the activities of most non-party political organisations. Libertarian Home would have been included. David Babbs of the highly successful 38 Degrees activism website summarised the Bill thusly “If you are not going to get involved in a political party, you have to shut up”.

The impressive campaign seems to be bearing fruit; the Guardian understands that:

the government will offer to remove several controversial clauses, including ones that said campaigning could count as political if it procures success for a candidate, even if it does not endorse a specific party. Charities from Oxfam to the Royal British Legion feared this could make them subject to spending limits on political campaigning in the year before an election.

One to keep an eye on.