What are these Rules?
These rules govern the handling of complaints about the misuse of social media. They are part of the Code of Conduct for Members and Representatives of the Conservative Party .
Who can make a complaint under these Rules?
Any person who is 15 years of age or older.
When do these rules apply?
Where any person over the age of 15 thinks that a current member of the Conservative Party has misused or abused social media, they can complain about that to the Party. If they want to complain, they must follow these rules. If a person under the age of 15 wishes to make a complaint it can be made by their parent or guardian.
If a person is complained about under these rules, he or she is entitled a reasonable opportunity to defend themselves but must do so by following these rules.
The person making a complaint is called the Complainant. The person who is complained about is called the Respondent.
In these rules, a person’s complaint is called a complaint. A response to the complaint is called a response. Together, they are both called a matter.
More than one person can make the same complaint. More than one person can be the Respondent to the complaint. In these rules Complainant and Respondent refer to singular or plural.
Confidentiality and Legal Proceedings
Proceedings under these rules are confidential. The Complainant and Respondent must keep them confidential.
Nothing under these Rules affects anyone’s rights to bring any lawful proceedings in any Court or to refer any matter to a UK law enforcement agency.