Gagging law: it’s law – campaigning organisations will now have to shut up for a year before elections

28 Jan

From 38 Degrees, the campaigning organisation:

I wanted to let you know straight away. I’m afraid we lost the gagging law vote in the House of Lords this evening. That’s it – it’s going to become law.

It couldn’t have been closer. On the final vote, 245 Lords voted in favour and 245 against. Unfortunately the rules mean that in the case of a tie, the government gets its way.

Personally I feel pretty devastated about this. I’m worried about what it means for the future of 38 Degrees. More importantly, I’m worried about what it means for the future of democracy, and what it tells us about the state of British politics.

But I also feel proud of everything 38 Degrees members did together to fight this. I hope you do too.

There will be a lot of thinking and discussion to be done in the coming days. 38 Degrees members will need to pull together to think about how to fight this terrible law. And we’ll need to work out how we can keep standing up for all we believe in – despite the restrictions the government is trying to impose.

But right now, I feel sure of one thing. We won’t give up.

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One Response to “Gagging law: it’s law – campaigning organisations will now have to shut up for a year before elections”

  1. Paul Hayward January 28, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Bye Bye Democracy. It was nice knowing you. Don’t forget to send us a postcard. We’ll miss you, we really will. And when we do, let’s hope we remember where you moved to, although by then, you probably will be refused permission to re-enter.

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