EAC warns of anti-lobbying clause 'chilling effect'

Mary Creagh has expressed concern that select committee work will be compromised by anti-advocacy clauses in government contracts

Can lobbying can be separated from a charity's core activities? Photograph: Gordon Bell/123RFThe chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has expressed concern that the government's lobbying crackdown will affect its ability to scrutinise policy-making.

In letters to environment secretary Liz Truss and Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock dated 10 May, Mary Creagh asks for clarification on the effect of proposed anti-advocacy clauses in public grants, which have caused considerable consternation in the third sector and the scientific community.

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