The Government has announced a U-turn on its controversial lobbying legislation after a backlash by charities who feared the bill would hit their ability to campaign.
Ministers have tabled a series of amendments to the legislation and have dropped proposals to change the way campaign spending by organisations other than political parties was defined.
Commons Leader Andrew Lansley made the concession after talks with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) which had been a prominent critic of the Transparency of Lobbying, non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill.
The Government had sought to bring in changes that would align the test for third parties with party campaign expenditure, restricting spending "for election purposes" - but charities, campaign groups and blogs had warned that the law could be interpreted so widely it could hit their work.
But now the Government proposes to go back to the situation under existing legislation, which defines controlled expenditure as spending "which can reasonably be regarded as intended to promote or procure electoral success".
Mr Lansley said: "I heard what charities and voluntary organisations had to say. While we always were clear that we had no intention of preventing them campaigning on policies and issues as they always have, I wanted the Bill to be a clear as it could possibly be.
"So, I am very glad that I have been able to meet the concerns of voluntary organisations, while ensuring that the Bill still regulates effectively when organisations directly try to promote election candidates and parties."
Following a meeting with Mr Lansley Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, said: "I am pleased the Government has listened to and significantly met the concerns of charities and community groups.
"I understand the Government's intention was not to make their normal work subject to this regulation. We will work closely with the Government and the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in order to deliver this intention."
The Government will also amend the Bill to ensure that the lobbying provisions will not prevent MPs from carrying out their normal duties.