Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill — New Clause 3 — Political Campaigning by Charities — 26 Jan 2016 at 16:15
The majority of MPs voted against making clear charities can undertake political campaigning.
MPs were considering the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill.
The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled Power to make representations and stated:
- “(1) A charity may undertake political campaigning or political activity in the context of supporting the delivery of its charitable purposes.
- (2) A charity may campaign to ensure support for, or to oppose, a change in the law, policy or decisions of central government, local authorities or other public bodies.”
During the debate the MP proposing the new clause stated
- New clause 3 would enshrine in legislation the right of charities to undertake political campaigning activity. We are clear that this is a direct attempt to challenge the unfair and poorly applied Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, commonly known as the gagging Act.
The act referred to introduced a register of lobbyists and increased regulation of campaigners who are not standing, or putting up candidates, in general elections.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill
-  Anna Turley MP (Redcar, Labour), Official Record, House of Commons, 26 January 2016
-  Vote on declining the second reading of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, 3 Sep 2013, PublicWhip
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||275 (+2 tell)||0||0||83.9%|
|Lab||0||186 (+2 tell)||0||81.0%|