The Commission handing the petition with over 160,000 signatures supporting his amendments

Thank you to those who signed the petition supporting changes to the Lobbying Bill proposed by Lord Harries of Pentregarth.

Lord Harries presented the petition in the chamber of the House of Lords at the start of the Lobbying Bill Report Stage debate. He announced that 130 NGOs and over 160,000 had added their support to the petition.

The House of Lords made changes following the debate that were later rejected by the House of Commons, before the Bill passed into law.

The petition is now closed.

To Members of the House of Lords:

The Lobbying Bill would stop charities and campaigning groups from speaking out on some of the most important issues facing the country and the planet, even once recent Government changes to the Bill are taken into account.

It remains an unacceptable threat to democracy and freedom of speech.

We call on you to vote for Lord Harries’ amendments to the Bill.


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Organisations that supported the petition:

 Oxfam GB      
     British Humanist Association  
Survival International
Lancashire Badger Trust
Made in Europe Doctors of the World NRAS Changing Lives
British Society for Rhematology Child Poverty Action Group Anthony Nolan

Full list of organisations supporting the petition:

    • ACEVO
    • ActionAid
    • Action on Addiction
    • Aids Alliance
    • Amnesty International UK
    • Anthony Nolan
    • A Rocha
    • Arthritis Care
    • ARTICLE 19
    • Association of Charitable Foundations
    • Aviation Environment Federation
    • Barrow Cadbury Trust
    • BAYC
    • Big Brother Watch
    • Board of Deputies of British Jews
    • British Heart Foundation
    • British Humanist Association
    • British Society for Rheumatology
    • Business for Britain
    • Butterfly Conservation
    • CAFOD
    • Camarthenshire People First
    • Campaign for Better Transport
    • Campaign for Real Ale
    • Campaign to Protect Rural England
    • Cancer Prevention Society
    • Canon Collins
    • Care
    • Child Poverty Action Group
    • Children England
    • Children in Wales
    • Christian Aid
    • Christian Institute
    • Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
    • Chwarae Teg
    • Citizens UK
    • Compass
    • Compassion in World Farming
    • Community Voluntary Action Tameside
    • Concern Worldwide
    • Council for British Archaeology
    • Countryside Alliance
    • CND
    • Crisis
    • CVS Brent
    • CWVYS
    • Democracy Matters
    • Disability Wales
    • Doctors of the World
    • Ekklesia
    • Electoral Reform Society
    • Electoral Reform Society Cymru
    • Electoral Reform Society Scotland
    • Energy Bill Revolution
    • E3G
    • Families Need Fathers, Both Parents Matter, Cymru
    • Friends of the Earth
    • Gingerbread
    • Global Poverty Alliance
    • Golygfa Gwydyr
    • Greenpeace
    • Guide Dogs
    • Health Poverty Action
    • Hope Not Hate
    • Human Appeal
    • Independent Action
    • Integrated Education Fund
    • International HIV/AIDS Alliance
    • Islamic Relief UK
    • Keep Britain Tidy
    • Lancashire Badger Trust
    • League Against Cruel Sports
    • Leonard Cheshire Disability
    • Liberty
    • Llamau
    • Lumos
    • LVSC
    • Made in Europe
    • Mencap
    • Micah International
    • Multiple Sclerosis Society
    • Mumsnet
    • Muslim Council of Britain
    • Muslim Council of Scotland
    • National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts
    • National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS)
    • National Housing Federation
    • National Pensioners Convention
    • National Secular Society
    • National Union of Journalists
    • National Union of Students
    • National Voices
    • NAVCA
    • Newham Monitoring Project
    • NICVA
    • NRAS
    • NUS Wales
    • Oxfam GB
    • Palestine Solidarity Campaign
    • Parkinsons UK
    • People and Planet
    • People River
    • Peter Tatchell Foundation (PTF)
    • Plan UK
    • Play Wales
    • Population Matters
    • Powys Carers Service
    • Progressio
    • Quakers in Britain
    • Ramblers
    • Reform Magazine
    • Results UK
    • Rethink Mental Illness
    • RNIB
    • Royal British Legion
    • Royal College of Nursing
    • Salvation Army
    • Sheila McKechnie Foundation
    • Shelter
    • Shelter Cymru
    • Snap Cymru
    • St Christopher’s
    • Stop Climate Chaos
    • Stop HS2
    • Survival International
    • Sustrans
    • Tearfund
    • Terrence Higgins Trust
    • The Free Churches Group
    • The Vegan Society
    • The Wildlife Trusts
    • Together Creating Communities
    • Transport for All
    • War on Want
    • Welsh Women’s Aid
    • Womankind Worldwide
    • Women’s Aid
    • Woodland Trust
    • Unlock Democracy
    • Voice4Change
    • WCVA
    • WI
    • Woodland Trust
    • Yorkshire Children’s Centre
    • 38degrees