Abuse and intimidation of our elected representatives – including violence towards them – is one of the biggest threats to our democracy in the UK.
The Jo Cox Civility Commission intends to influence significant change on this complex issue. With Baroness Gabrielle Bertin and Lord Vernon Coaker as co-chairs, the Commission is currently in its first phase, in which we are gathering proposed solutions to the issue from participants across a wide range of sectors.
We have already seen politicians in the UK stepping down due to abuse and intimidation and it is becoming a barrier to those considering running for election. It has implications for the representation we see in UK politics, as female politicians and those from minority ethnic backgrounds receive disproportionate levels of abuse. Without urgent action, we risk going backwards on this issue.
At The Jo Cox Foundation, we are committed to finding solutions to abuse and intimidation in politics. Through the Jo Cox Civility Commission we will produce recommendations and campaign for their adoption. We hope to announce the recommendations by the end of 2023.
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In 2016, many of us hoped that the tragedy of Jo’s murder would be a wake-up call and abuse and intimidation in public life would be taken seriously and addressed.
Almost seven years on, the problem appears to be worsening. MPs and local councillors alike frequently recount horrific threats and Sir David Amess’ tragic murder in 2021 highlights the ongoing risk of violence. At The Jo Cox Foundation we are determined to protect our democracy for future generations. Today we take a huge step forward in this work with the launch of the Jo Cox Civility Commission.Jacqui Smith, Chair of The Jo Cox Foundation