date: 6 September 2013
embargo: For immediate release
Commenting on the government's u-turn today (Friday) on several key parts of the Transparency of Lobbying, non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
'The poor drafting, muddled justification and expert condemnation that brought together perhaps the biggest ever coalition in public life made this retreat inevitable.
'But the problems with this Bill have not gone away. It still limits campaigns against extremist parties, breaches the privacy of trade union members and fails to open up lobbying. If ministers think that opposition will now melt away, they have another think coming.'
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Issued: 6 September, 2013