Government to make concessions on Lobbying Bill

The Government has been forced to make fresh concessions over its controversial Lobbying Bill in an attempt to head off a damaging defeat over new rules on campaign spending by charities.

Ministers will table a series of amendments to the Bill tomorrow easing the restrictions on how much charities and other non-party organisations can spend in the run-up to a general election, the Press Association reports.

It follows claims that such restrictions would have a "chilling" effect on their campaigning activities.

While campaigners have welcomed the changes, they warned that ministers still faced defeat when the Bill comes back to the House of Lords next week, unless there are further concessions.