Abuse and intimidation of our elected representatives – including violence towards them – is one of the biggest threats to our democracy in the UK.
Run by The Jo Cox Foundation, the Jo Cox Civility Commission has identified a range of practical recommendations across different sectors – from central government, to policing, and social media. We will now be campaigning for the adoption of these recommendations so that urgent progress can be made on this issue.
If action is not taken, we risk seeing more politicians stepping down due to abuse and intimidation, fewer people putting themselves forward as candidates, and less diversity and representation in UK politics.
I’ve had a swastika painted on my wall, the words traitor painted on my wall, campaign posters defaced and destroyed, tyre slashed and threatened with being egged on the street.Local councillor, in response to our call for submissions in 2023
Abuse and intimidation of elected politicians is a genuine threat to democracy in this country and now is the time to act if we want to prevent elected representatives from stepping down and ensure a diverse and talented future pipeline of politicians.Rt Hon Jacqui Smith, Chair of The Jo Cox Foundation
Support the recommendations
We are calling on organisations and elected representatives to support our campaigning for these recommendations to be adopted.
Join organisations including the Electoral Commission, The Fawcett Society and the Local Government Association in backing the recommendations today.
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