The Elections Bill will stifle our democratic freedoms.
Writing to your local newspaper is a really effective way of getting the message out in your local community and making sure that editors across the country realise that this issue needs coverage as it is of high public interest. Local newspapers are often part of cross-country media groups which syndicate publication of certain news features, your letter may well have reach far beyond your local town!
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You can use the template text (in italics) below:
Dear Letters Editor,
The Elections Bill will allow ministers to define and curtail ‘campaigning’, could make coordinating opposition an offence, and permits political meddling in the Electoral Commission. The Bill will undergo a second reading in the House of Commons on 7th September - and we can’t let it pass.
A free election is one where unaffiliated organisations, charities and even the person on the street can be part of the debate. And where independent groups like Best for Britain, can provide voters with information on parties and their policies.
By putting restrictions on campaigning and cross-party co-operation, this bill stifles healthy opposition.