Tom Brake roasted by Lib Dems

A recent post by Tom Brake MP on Liberal Democrat Voice attempting to rubbish the 38 Degrees mailing has resulted in him getting a roasting by Liberal Democrat activists.

Some choice quotes:

The bill does nothing to ban the corruption of lobbying which infests all three political parties but does try to trash civil society.

I love the way this bypasses the concerns of legitimate mainstream charities who would never campaign for or against individual candidates, plays the man not the ball in the form of 38 Degrees – and totally ignores the corporate lobbyists who should really be the focus of this legislation.

A Bill intended to fool most of the people most of the time into thinking it tackles the deeply corrupt disgrace of corporate lobbying. Instead it cynically targets those who campaign in the public interest – or what they sincerely believe to be the public interest

I turned on the radio at the weekend to hear a junior Tory Minister defending the muzzling of campaigning charities and the further emasculation of democratic Trades Unions, by this mish-mash-of-apretence-at-resticting lobbying bill. When the presenter said; “That was Tom Brake, LibDem Minister, speaking in favour of the Bill…” I thought; “My God, the Parliamentary Party really have lost the plot”.




NCVO Gagging Law Letter signatories

This is the list of signatories from the NCVO Letter to Chloe Smith MP Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform:

Stephen Remington, Chief Executive, Action for Blind People
Dame Clare Tickell, Chief Executive, Action for Children
Judith Davey,Acting Director,ActionAid
David Emerson, Chief Executive, Association of Charitable Foundations
Sara Llewellin, Chief Executive, Barrow Cadbury Trust
Claire Horton, Chief Executive, Battersea Cats & Dogs Home
Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive, British Heart Foundation
Andrew Copson, Chief Executive, British Humanist Association
Stephen Bowen, Director, British Institute of Human Rights
Simon Blake OBE, Chief Executive, Brook
Chris Bain, Chief Executive, CAFOD
Stephen Joseph,Chief Executive Officer,Campaign for Better Transport
Shaun Spiers, Chief Executive, Campaign to Protect Rural England
Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group
Loretta Minghella, Director, Christian Aid
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive, Citizens Advice
Sir Barney White-Spunner, Executive Chairman, Countryside Alliance
Leslie MorphyOBE, Chief Executive, Crisis
Barbara Young, Chief Executive, Diabetes UK
Andy Atkins, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth
Doug Parr, Policy Director, Greenpeace UK
Richard Leaman, Chief Executive, Guide Dogs
David Priall, Chief Executive, Help the Hospices
Frances Crook,Chief Executive,Howard League for Penal Reform
Jehangir Malik, UK Director, Islamic Relief UK
Sally Light, Chief Executive, Motor Neurone Disease Association
Jana Osborne, General Secretary, National Federation of Women’s Institutes
David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
Toni Pearce, President, National Union of Students
Penny Lawrence, Acting Chief Executive, Oxfam GB
Simon Ross, Chief Executive, Population Matters
Benedict Southworth, Chief Executive, Ramblers
Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE, Chief Executive, RNIB
Chris Simpkins, Chief Executive, The Royal British Legion
Mike Clarke, Chief Executive, RSPB
Helen Cameron,Head of Public Affairs, Salvation Army
Martin Sime, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
Linda Butcher, Chief Executive, Sheila McKechnie Foundation
Kay Boycott, Director of Campaigns, Policy and Communications, Shelter
Alex Swallow,Chief Executive, Small Charities Coalition
Paul Woodward, Chief Executive, Sue Ryder
Matthew Frost, Chief Executive, Tearfund
Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Chief Executive, Turning Point
Stephen Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts
Polly Neate, Chief Executive, Women’s Aid
James Cooper, Head of Government Affairs, Woodland Trust
David Nussbaum, Chief Executive, WWF-UK