The Commission is now gathering evidence about the impact for the Lobbying Act during the regulated period ahead of the 2017 General Election.

To submit evidence please request a questionnaire here.

The Commission is grateful for the evidence submitted about the impact of the Lobbying Act on charities and campaign groups. It is only with this evidence that we are able to bring informed analysis to the decisions of parliamentarians about changes needed to the law.



Consultation Round 3: 22 January 2014  

The session will focus on:

  • Campaigning activity that charities and campaign groups have decided not to undertake because of the Lobbying Act
  • The resources used by organisations in understanding and complying with the Lobbying Act
  • The impact of the law on coalition campaigning
  • Advice and guidance from the Electoral Commission
  • Decisions to register or not register with the Electoral Commission

Further evidence sessions:

The Commission will also be organising evidence gathering from NGOs out of London – please get in touch if you would like to take part.

The Commission will be hearing evidence from other non-party organisations including blog sites. Please contact Clare Hammacott to take part.


The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act was rushed through Parliament without pre-legislative scrutiny or an appropriate or transparent level of consultation with affected organisations at any stage.

The Commission attempted within the tight timescale provided, to consult as widely as possible with civil society organisations, Parliamentarians and the Electoral and Charity Commissions.

The two rounds of consultation the Commission undertook informed and shaped the two reports it produced on the Bill.

The Commission wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who took part in the consultation process.

Consultation: Round 2

The Commission attempted, within the tight time scale of the government pause, to take evidence from as many civil society organisations as possible before the Bill returned to Committee stage in the Lords. Below is a list of the organisations from whom the Commission took evidence, either verbally or in writing. Full transcripts are available here.

London – Monday 25th November 2013

  • Big Brother Watch
  • British Youth Council / UKYP
  • The Board of Deputies of British Jews
  • Bond
  • Children England
  • Freedom Association
  • Friends of the Earth
  • League Against Cruel Sports
  • National Pensioners Convention
  • NCVO
  • NFWI
  • Quakers
  • RSPB
  • Unlock Democracy

Edinburgh – Tuesday 26th November 2013

  • 38 Degrees
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Oxfam Scotland
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Electoral Reform Society
  • Edinburgh University Students’ Association
  • SCVO Scottish Glasgow

Cardiff – Wednesday 27th November 2013

  • Electoral Reform Society
  • WCVA
  • Disability Wales
  • Community Housing Cymru
  • Friends of the Earth Wales
  • Commission on Civil Society
  • Chwarae Teg and Fair Play
  • NUS
  • Guide Dogs Cymru
  • Community Housing Cymru
  • NUS, Wales
  • National Federation of Women’s Institute, Wales
  • National Pensioners Convention

Belfast – Monday 25th November 2013

NGOs were also able to submit evidence directly via our survey.

The Commission received written evidence from the following organisations:

  • The Association of Charitable Foundations
  • Alice Through the Broken Glass
  • Children England
  • Christian Institute
  • The Countryside Alliance<
  • The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
  • Democracy Matters
  • Freedom Association
  • Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland
  • Guide Dogs
  • Hope not Hate
  • Mencap
  • National Pensioners Convention
  • National Secular Society
  • National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
  • Oxfam
  • RSPB
  • Shelter
  • Stop the Rail Freight Exchange (STRIFE)

Consultation: Round 1

Below is a list of the organisations that submitted evidence to the Commission’s first report, either verbally or in writing. Full transcripts are available here.

The Commission held its first evidence session for Parliamentarians on Monday 14th October.

It is to the regret of the Commission that neither of the Bill’s leaders, Andrew Lansley MP and Tom Brake MP, felt able to accept its invitation to give evidence.

The following people gave evidence to the Commission in Parliament:

• Graham Allen MP, Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee
• Caroline Slocock
• Ros Baston
• Hywel Francis MP, Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights
• Angela Eagle MP
• Tom Burke
• Lord Paul Tyler

The Commission held subsequent evidence sessions in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

Organisations in attendance at each session were as follows.

Edinburgh – Tuesday 15th October 2013

• Edinburgh University Students’ Association
• Electoral Reform Society Scotland
• MND Scotland
• Muslim Council of Scotland
• NUS Scotland
• Queen Margaret University Students’ Union
• RSPB (Scotland)
• Scottish Refugee Council
• Scottish Wildlife Trust
• The Church of Scotland

Cardiff – Tuesday 15th October 2013

• Children in Wales
• Christian Aid Wales
• Chwarae Teg
• Electoral Reform Society Cymru
• Friends of the Earth Cymru
• NUS Wales
• Oxfam Cymru
• Shelter Cymru

Belfast – Thursday 17th October 2013

• Amnesty International NI
• Charities Aid Foundation
• Children in Northern Ireland
• Community Foundation NI
• Ecumenical Alliance
• Friends of the Earth NI
• Macmillan Cancer NI
• Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities
• Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform
• Open College Network
• Save the Children NI

London – Friday 18th October 2013

• Electoral Reform Society
• Unlock Democracy
• Citizens UK
• Bond
• Oxfam
• Friends of the Earth
• National Pensioners Convention

The Commission has received written evidence from the following organisations:

• ActionAid
• Age UK
• Christian Institute
• Citizens UK
• Electoral Reform Society
• Friends of the Earth
• HOPE not hate
• National Secular Society
• Quakers in Britain
• Queen Margaret University Students Union
• Scope
• Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office
• Sheila McKechnie Foundation
• Stop HS2
• The Church of Scotland
• The Countryside Alliance
• The Royal British Legion
• The Women’s Institute
• 38 Degrees
• Unlock Democracy
• Woodland Trust