Earlier this year, the Tories passed the so-called gagging law: an act that limits your right to campaign on the issues you care about, and curbs charities’ and campaigners’ ability to speak out against government policy.
I believe strongly that this law is bad for our democracy, and restricts freedom of speech in our country.
So I want you to be the first to know this: a Labour government will repeal David Cameron’s gagging law.
We have been clear from the start that we oppose this gag on charities and campaigners, which was introduced with little consultation. If Labour wins the next election, we will remove it from the statute book.
In its place we will legislate for real reform of lobbying, and we will consult with charities and campaigners on the reforms we need to both ensure transparency and protect freedom of speech.
Our right to campaign on issues we care about must be protected, and this gagging law needs to be repealed.
Angela Eagle Shadow Leader of the House of Commons