Fraser Campbell today gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee regarding the controversial Elections Bill.
Appearing alongside Professor David Howarth, a former Electoral Commissioner, Fraser discussed the provisions of the Bill that would give Ministers new powers to give directions to the Electoral Commission, and to amend the types of organisation that are able to register as third parties (and thereby access higher spending limits). In promoting the Bill, the Government has been accused of seeking to depress turnout and discourage campaigning by pressure groups and by alliances of opposition parties.
Fraser is the co-author of The Law of Political Donations, and regularly advises and acts in cases involving the regulation of political spending and disputes with the Electoral Commission. Further information about the Bill is available here and a recording of the evidence session can be seen here.