It’s been an action packed week in the House of Lords, a statement we’re not always in a position to make.
The big news is that on Tuesday the Lords agreed to a pause for the Lobbying Bill. This is great news and wouldn’t have happened without thousands of campaigners taking action. So if you were one of the many who’ve written to, visited or emailed your MP or a Lord over the past few weeks, well done!
Although the pause is only for five weeks and not the three months we’d been asking for (more a breather than an actual pause), it’s still an admission the Bill needs to be looked at in more detail, and gives us a window to try and get the changes we need.
If the Bill gets through in its current form it could seriously restrict our ability to campaign in the year before an election and could put many groups off campaigning. It’s no wonder that over sixty organisations from across the political spectrum are calling for changes to the Bill, and on Tuesday all that campaigning paid off.
We’ll be in touch soon to let you know what happens next, but until then thank you for taking action!