The eyes of the world are on Ukraine.
This is a time for solidarity,
collaboration and cooperation. We will work with our international
friends and partners to help those most in need as this crisis
unfolds. This is our main goal.
While the Government is, rightly,
sanctioning Russia and standing up to Putin’s warmongering, the PM
hasn’t hit the pause button on his authoritarian domestic
Our work stops only if the Government stops. The Government is still pushing ahead with
laws that will erode our democracy, our rights and our freedoms. So
we’ve kept pace and will fight them every step of the way.
Here’s what we’re working
The Elections Bill
Last week, the Elections Bill moved
to the House of Lords for its Second Reading. The Best for Britain
team is working closely with Peers from across the House to try and
undo the worst clauses. The Electoral Commission, which is the
elections watchdog, has also raised serious concerns about the Bill in
to Michael Gove.
Your support has strengthened the
campaign to the point where we now have a realistic chance of stopping
the most dangerous parts of this Bill becoming law. I have no doubt
that we will be asking you to take fresh action soon, and I know you
will keep standing with us to protect free and fair elections in the
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
You’ll remember that the House of
Lords defeated the Government on several parts of the Policing Bill a
few weeks ago, and that the Best for Britain amendment to protect
peaceful protest in Parliament Square got majority backing. The Bill
returned to the Commons this week where the Government has an
80-strong majority of MPs.
As expected, the key changes made
by the Lords were voted down and removed. However, there was
significant discontent in the ranks of the Conservatives, particularly
on the attempt to curtail our freedom of speech, freedom of expression
and freedom to protest.
So now, the Policing Bill returns
to the Lords (again). The Lords can decide to put the changes back in
and send it back (yet again) to MPs. This to and fro between the two
houses of parliament is called ‘ping pong’. We are working to make
sure that is exactly what happens, and we will keep standing up for
our democratic rights.
The Nationality and Borders Bill
The Lords, again, have defeated the
Government this week over serious and dangerous parts of the
Nationality & Borders Bill.
Priti Patel is trying to give
herself the power to take away someone’s British citizenship without
informing them and categorising asylum applicants by whether they have
arrived ‘regularly’ or ‘irregularly’. Of course, most people fleeing
war or natural disasters are in the most ‘irregular’ situation
As Report Stage continues, we hope
to see further defeats for the Government and Best for Britain will
continue to call for the UK to offer safe haven to Ukrainian refugees.
We have been that safe haven before - most recently for Hong Kongers
escaping crackdowns on protest and democracy and for those fleeing Idi
Amin’s terror in Uganda in the 1970’s.
We will keep standing up for
freedoms and democracy - at home and abroad. We will keep urging
international cooperation and global solutions to global
We cannot and will not let this
Government claim that authoritarianism elsewhere is unacceptable, but
in the UK it is necessary.
Your support is more than welcome -
it is necessary. Thank you for being with us.
CEO - Best for Britain
P.S. The threats our democracy
faces are unrelenting, and so must we be. Will you support Best for
a regular gift of £10 per month? While all eyes are
rightly on Ukraine, and our thoughts are with those fighting for
freedom and suffering war and loss, nevertheless our work