What does the unexpected election result mean for charities, businesses, campaigning organisations and others wishing to push forward their agenda, in the context of renewed concerns over the chilling impact of the Lobbying Act?
To avoid being caught by the provisions of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act, commonly referred to as the ‘Lobbying Act’, charities need to take care about the distinction between employee and volunteer time when undertaking regulated activity.
The snap general election will be the second to be fought under the scope of expanded rules concerning non-party campaigning, following changes introduced by the controversial ‘Lobbying Act’ 2014. Simon Steeden and Rosamund McCarthy explore how the new rules affect charities, trade associations, trade unions, and other campaigning organisations.
Both domestic law and the European Convention on Human Rights require elections to be ‘free’, and recognise the role of freedom of expression in that process. Rupert Earle and Ross Allan explain the limits of freedom of expression, given that the circulation of untrue information may distort the electoral process.
In this edition of our General Election update, the BWB Politics, Elections and Campaigning law team guides parties, candidates and non-party campaigners through the minefield of the 2017 General Election.
Simon Steeden writes for the Guardian: what charities need to know about campaigning in the general election >
BWB's Simon Steeden has written an article for the Guardian about what charities need to know about campaigning in the 2017 general election.
Theresa May’s shock announcement of a General Election, to be held on 8 June, took most of the country by surprise. Although she will need the support of two-thirds of MPs under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act to push ahead with her plans, the Labour Party’s immediate support makes it likely that she will pass that hurdle without difficulty in a Parliamentary vote tomorrow (Wednesday 19 April).
Simon Steeden considers how charities could be affected by the legal and financial uncertainty following the UK's vote to leave the EU.
BWB’s Simon Steeden, head of the firm’s Politics, Elections and Campaigning group, which advised Britain Stronger in Europe during the referendum campaign, has authored an opinion piece in the Law Society Gazette.
BWB's Simon Steeden has written an article in the Solicitors Journal regarding charities and political campaigning.
Simon Steeden writes for the Guardian giving some points to consider now the voluntary sector faces a tough decision on whether to enter the Brexit debate.