Groups join calls for U-turn on bill

Lindsay Garfitt, President of Seven Hills W.I with her 'What I Bought' collection of items
Lindsay Garfitt, President of Seven Hills W.I with her 'What I Bought' collection of items
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Leaders of a host of charities and community groups in South Yorkshire have put their names to an impassioned plea to the Government to backtrack on its controversial ‘anti-lobbying’ bill.

A letter has been sent to The Star outlining concerns with part two of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill currently making its way through Parliament.

Among those who put their names to the campaign are Lindsay Garfitt, president of Sheffield’s Seven Hills Women’s Institute, Canon Michael Jarratt from Sheffield Christian Aid Committee, and Guide Dogs in Sheffield who met to discuss the matter at Wesley Hall in Crookes last night.

They said: “Our worry is that as it currently stands this bill could prevent charities and other organisations from campaigning and, by doing so, deprive ordinary people of their freedom of speech.

“It threatens to stifle legitimate public debate and non-party political campaigning on issues that affect people’s daily lives.

“Nobody should try to restrict our ability to have our views heard.”