Wednesday 7 November 2018 / 9:15 AM Cabinet Office / Jon Trickett

Jon Trickett comments on reports charities and companies gagged from criticising Government

Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, commenting on reports charities and companies have been gagged from criticising the Government including the Prime Minister in the days after the Grenfell tragedy, said:

“Coming just a few weeks after the Prime Minister promised to get tough on gagging clauses, these shocking revelations show the Government to be deeply hypocritical as well as paranoid.

“Civil society organisations are often best placed to speak out when Government gets it wrong. When they can’t, our democracy is worse off for it.

“The Conservatives seem to regard this as a fair price to avoid bad headlines, yet it’s public money that pays for it and it’s the public interest that suffers.”