Gagging law: public meeting with Tom Brake MP

On Friday night, Tom Brake MP, one of the ministers responsible for the Gagging Law, held a public meeting in his constituency of Carshalton and Wallington.

With just a few days notice, loads of 38 Degrees members in the area turned up to let their MP know what they think of this terrible law. As Tom Brake is the minister pushing the Gagging Law through parliament, lots of concerned 38 Degrees members put him on the spot.

A bunch of members and a couple of people from the office got together before the meeting to share ideas and think about what to say. Placards and pens were handed round, stories were swapped and it was a great chance for members in Carshalton and Wallington to meet.

Most importantly, it was great for 38 Degrees members to be able to grill their MP over the Gagging Law. Tom Brake tried to placate their worries, but members challenged him with some great questions. People asked all sorts of things – Why is this law being rushed through parliament? Why is it so vague? Why do you want to restrict charities and campaign groups? Why does the law do nothing to crack down on corporate lobbyists? Will you listen to your voters?

Members spoke passionately, and tricky questions were greeted by rounds of applause. Needless to say, by the end of the meeting Tom Brake was frazzled.

Together, we can stop the gagging law. On Friday night, 38 Degrees members put huge pressure on Tom Brake, and it showed. 38 Degrees members are preparing for public meetings all around the country. You can see if there is a meeting in your area by clicking here.

What do you think? Are public meetings a good tactic? What are the most important questions for members to ask their MP? Were you at the meeting? Post your comments below.