London,
19
April
2017

General Election: charities should “keep calm and keep campaigning”

Following the announcement of a snap General Election to take place on 8th June 2017, Simon Francis CMPRCA, Co-Chair of the PRCA's Charity & Not for Profit Group and Founder Member of Campaign Collective, said:

"Campaigners will need to act fast if they want to make the most of the General Election.

"While it is a shame that Lord Hodgson's proposals to reform the rules on third party campaigning have not been implemented in time, the advice to charities and campaigners remains the same as in the 2015 election: keep calm and keep campaigning.

"All organisations, including private sector firms, need to be aware of the rules around PR and communications activity during an election period, but for most organisations they will not need to do anything out of the ordinary to comply."

Francis’ comments come after the PRCA welcomed the report of the House of Lords Select Committee inquiry on charities last month, which made recommendations to implement the Hodgson review into the Lobbying Act in full and for government to review its consultation with the sector following the “gagging clause” controversy.

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