- General Election 2017—UK lobbying and non-party campaigning laws
- Greenpeace has recently become the first charity to be fined for failing to register as a ‘third-party campaigning organisation’. What is the background to this and why has it proven controversial?
- What role do charities and the third sector play in general elections and why is regulation of third parties deemed to be necessary?
- Is there a risk of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (TLNPCTUAA 2014) having a chilling effect on free speech at general elections and impeding third party groups positively contributing to political debate?
- Has the impact been as great for other organisations including corporations?
- Lord Hodgson suggested that the period when rules apply should be reduced for general elections. Would this reinterpretation of the existing legislation reconcile some of the issues associated with it and prevent the need to scrap TLNPCTUAA 2014, Pt 2 altogether?
- Are there any other trends or developments affecting lobbying in an election period?
Public Law analysis: In 2014, new legislation amended the laws that govern non-party campaigning at elections. With Greenpeace having now been fined for campaigning activity as the UK parliamentary general election draws near, Transparency International’s Steve Goodrich explains the law, what it aims to address, and the ways in which it may yet evolve.
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