Abuse and Intimidation: Guidance for Candidates
Joint Guidance for Candidates in Elections
The Joint Guidance for Candidates in Elections, has been co-produced by the Electoral Commission, CPS, NPCC and the College of Policing has information with input from organisations including The Jo Cox Foundation.
The guide can be referred to when campaigning should you face abuse and intimidation. We recommend reading this guide - which includes information on contacting the police, protecting yourself, family and colleagues and specific legislative guidance - so that you are prepared should any instances of abuse arise.
The Internet Association
In the lead up to the 2019 election, the Internet Association wrote to the major social media companies to ask them their advice for candidates. Each social media platform responded individually with unique guidance for the actions to take when faced with abuse on their platforms.
Local Government Association
The LGA is developing a range of guidance and tools to support councillors and candidates in their online communications. Their infographics are a great way to quickly understand actions candidates should take and how to handle online abuse.
Robust debate and scrutiny are essential aspects of public life; abuse and intimidation shouldn’t have to be. The pledge below draws on the wording of the Joint Statement on conduct for political party members, highlighting the need for a respectful campaign that fosters democratic debate and upholds the dignity of all candidates.
Joint Statement on Conduct for Political Parties
The Jo Cox Foundation has worked alongside the Committee on Standards in Public Life to agree a Joint Statement on Conduct of Political Party Members, which sets out the minimum standards of behaviour that can be expected from members at all times for parties that have signed on. It calls on party members to:
- take responsibility for setting an appropriate tone for campaigning and communication;
- lead by example to encourage and foster constructive democratic debate and tolerance of other points of view; and
- promote and defend the dignity of others, including political opponents, treating all people with courtesy and respect.
You can find the work experience social media work here:
In the 2019 election over 50 MP’s stepped down, many referencing the horrific abuse they suffered whilst campaigning.— The Jo Cox Foundation (@JoCoxFoundation) April 26, 2021
Here is a thread for election candidates on what to do when faced with abusive behaviour 🧵👇(1/8) pic.twitter.com/qOsBqtnqem