The Charities Commission has found itself in hot water over an email it sent to charities asking them to oppose anti-gambling legislation because it could affect their funding.
The Gambling Harm Reduction Bill has had its first reading and submissions are due later this month.
But Ruth Dyson, Labour's Internal Affairs spokeswoman, says it was inappropriate for the Charities Commission to get involved because it should be independent and neutral on these issues.
Ms Dyson says the email should be withdrawn and the CEO of the Charities Commission should apologise.
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