‘Attack on democracy’ claim

Handing a petition on behalf of 38 degrees to Craig Whittaker at Ripponden.
Handing a petition on behalf of 38 degrees to Craig Whittaker at Ripponden.
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Jim Wilson and other members of Calderdale 38 degrees “people power” group have handed in a 210,000-signature national petition against part 2 of the Lobbying Bill to Halifax Labour MP Linda Riordan at Shaw Lodge, Halifax.

The group, who handed a similar petition to Calder Valley Tory MP Craig Whittaker in Ripponden last weekend (above), are concerned that the provisions of the Bill could gag charities and campaigning groups and prevent them from holding the Government to account for their record in a run-up to a general election. “It’s a thoroughly anti-democratic piece of legislation and should not be passed,” said Mr Wilson.