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Nov 26th, 2013

Gagging law: Tunbridge Wells meet up!

By India Thorogood

On Monday night 38 Degrees members in Tunbridge Wells got together to plan their next steps against the gagging law. So far their MP, Greg Clark, has refused a public meeting on the issue – yet that hasn’t stopped members in Tunbridge Wells raising it with him. When Greg organised a meeting with less than 48 hours notice, more than 50 people turned up!

And on a cold Monday night, 30 people crammed into the Black Pig pub to plan what was next for the campaign. They all agreed it was important to keep the pressure up on Greg Clark, especially in his new role as Minister of State.

It was also amazing to hear from local campaigners about how the gagging law could restrict their campaigns. There were members of Keep Our NHS Public (West Kent) group and lots of other experienced campaigners able to draw on experience. Everyone was excited to pitch in – whether it was by tweeting, writing letters or organising an event.

38 Degrees members are together continuing to write to Greg Clark to ask for a public meeting to address his constituents concerns. The group also feel it is important that Greg gets to see a copy of the Civil Society Commission’s report and our – currently 213,135 strong – petition against the gagging law.

Let’s see what people power can achieve in Tunbridge Wells!

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