Campaigners battling against a new ‘gagging’ law have handed a petition in to a local MP.
Local members of the campaign group 38 Degrees presented their petition in to Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell in a stand to protect freedom of speech.
They are angry at the new law – currently being debated in the House of Lords but which could return to the House of Commons – that would reduce what charities and campaign groups can do for a whole year before any election.
A spokesperson for 38 Degrees said: “Politics is too important to leave to political parties. When we speak up about decisions that affect us and the future of our country, we can often change things for the better.”