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Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Power to make social investments (5 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: I thank the Minister for setting out the views and values behind the clause, which we welcome. Social investment is an important part of the fabric of our community and voluntary sector. We have tabled no amendments to the clause, and we recognise that it will make an important contribution. As the Minister set out, the Bill is the first attempt to define in statute social investment, which...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Reviews of the operation of this Act (5 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: The Opposition support this clause because it is a simple and practical way of providing for the Minister to review the operation of the Bill. As he mentioned, we have had quite a lot of discussion and debate today about the timeframe for monitoring the Bill. We have had a lot of debate about the onus that much of the Bill puts on the Charity Commission, about many of the new powers and about...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Short title, extent and commencement (5 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: We support the amendment. We agree with the Minister that it is a technical, procedural amendment to ensure the passage of the Bill, and we have no comments to make at this stage.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: In 2014, in response to the flooding of the Thames valley, the Prime Minister said that money would be “no object”. In the light of his cuts to the flood defences, his cuts to the fire and rescue service and his cuts to the Environment Agency, can he say the same to the people of Leeds, Rochdale, York, Whitby and Teesside, or is it one rule for his constituents and another for ours in the...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: New Clause 7 - Reserve powers to control fund-raising (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: May I second the Minister’s comments and congratulate you, Mr Hamilton? Yours is an extremely well deserved appointment and we look forward to seeing the wealth of experience you bring to the role. It is not before time, so many congratulations. I would also like to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff Central, who is not with us but also received an appointment today. There...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 - Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. The new clause would enshrine in legislation the right of charities to undertake political campaigning activity. We are clear that this is a direct attempt to challenge the unfair and poorly applied Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014—the gagging Act, as it is commonly known....

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 - Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: I thank the Minister for his intervention but, as I will say, the sector has made it clear that it feels stifled, particularly in the lead up to general elections, when there are serious debates about the future of Government policy. That is what this new clause seeks to prevent. The lobbying rules affect charities because of their non-partisan campaigning activity. Organisations can campaign...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 - Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: That logic refutes the need for any special advisers, who are of course paid by the public purse to implement a political manifesto.

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 - Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. That is their full purpose, and they should feel entirely able to stand up and challenge the Government of the day, whoever they may be, and any political party if they feel that their policy does not support their charitable objectives.

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 - Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and he is right to pay that tribute. There is often a political motivation behind such proposals that resents the fact that a party, once it is in power, has to accept that people will challenge it and hold it to account.

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 - Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: I thank the hon. Gentleman for raising that suggestion. I wonder whether he would have had the same concerns had that been done for his political party. Surely consultation is a positive thing. If a charity’s aims and objectives are welcomed and taken forward by a political party, it is surely right for it to welcome that success for its charitable objectives and its efforts to have...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 - Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: I think that is perfectly acceptable, if people want to go to any party political event and offer their views. They may go to it and disagree with the party and challenge it. As far as I am concerned, we are in danger of separating politics from the realities of campaigning and policy making. Politics has to be open and accessible and must not exist in a vacuum. Many people are deeply...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 - Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: I agree that that is part of their core objectives and part of what they have done for centuries. I am happy to support that.

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 - Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: I totally disagree with the hon. Lady. That example, for me, is not aligning with a political party. I do not see it as an issue if someone who has  influenced thinking—influenced a manifesto that will influence policy change—encourages people to go and have a debate at an event. Several hon. Members rose —

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 - Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: I will make some progress, if I may, because we are trying to finish our proceedings this morning. Charities themselves set out some concerns, including the fact that the scope of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 was very broad. They were concerned that legitimate, day-to-day activities of charities and voluntary organisations...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Reserve powers to control fund-raising (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: May I second the Minister’s comments and congratulate you, Mr Hamilton? Yours is an extremely well deserved appointment and we look forward to seeing the wealth of experience you bring to the role. It is not before time, so many congratulations. I would also like to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff Central, who is not with us but also received an appointment today. There...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. The new clause would enshrine in legislation the right of charities to undertake political campaigning activity. We are clear that this is a direct attempt to challenge the unfair and poorly applied Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014—the gagging Act, as it is commonly known....

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: I thank the Minister for his intervention but, as I will say, the sector has made it clear that it feels stifled, particularly in the lead up to general elections, when there are serious debates about the future of Government policy. That is what this new clause seeks to prevent. The lobbying rules affect charities because of their non-partisan campaigning activity. Organisations can campaign...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: That logic refutes the need for any special advisers, who are of course paid by the public purse to implement a political manifesto.

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Power to make representations (7 Jan 2016)

Anna Turley: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. That is their full purpose, and they should feel entirely able to stand up and challenge the Government of the day, whoever they may be, and any political party if they feel that their policy does not support their charitable objectives.


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