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Respect Pledge for local elections

Today (3 March 2018) the Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis unveiled the Party’s Respect Pledge. The pledge will apply to all Conservative candidates standing in the local elections this year, ensuring they behave responsibly throughout the election.

The Party Chairman has been clear that while healthy democracy thrives on robust debate and political parties challenging each other, the abuse and intimidation we have seen enter our politics in recent times, particularly online, should have no place in our public life.

Speaking at the Conservative Councillors’ Association conference on Saturday (3 March), Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis said:

“Robust debate in politics is part of a healthy democracy but abuse and intimidation have absolutely no place in public life.

“That’s why all Conservative candidates standing in elections this year will be signed-up to our Respect Pledge.

“I would urge the Labour party to now step-up and follow suit.”

Conservative candidates who are alleged to have broken the Respect Pledge will be investigated and subject to disciplinary action, which could include suspension or expulsion.

CONSERVATIVE PARTY RESPECT PLEDGE

We, the undersigned, pledge:

· To refrain from making abusive or offensive attacks on other candidates in written literature, on social media or verbally.

· To encourage our supporters to campaign on social media in a respectful manner, and to condemn supporters who engage in intimidatory behaviour.

· To abide by the Code of Conduct for Conservative Party Representatives as published under the authority of the Party Board.