In a cross-party initiative, I have joined with Caroline Lucas MP and Layla Moran MP to call on the Charity Commission to investigate the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) over potential abuses of charitable status for non-charitable, political lobbying.
We are being supported by the Good Law Project.
I am deeply concerned about the conclusions reached by lawyers in our letter published today, exposing what could be a serious breach of charity law.
GWPF is part of the notorious Tufton street group, and has been criticsed for its lack of transparency about who funds their work.
In May I was a signatory to a letter to the Charity Commissioners calling for a re-examination of GWPF’s charitable status, in light of an investigation by openDemocracy that revealed funding links to fossil fuel investors.
It is vital that the Charity Commission acts swiftly to ensure the Global Warming Policy Foundation can no longer abuse its charity status to pursue one-sided, political lobbying downplaying the climate crisis.