In recent years, the intimidation experienced by Parliamentary candidates, and others in public life, has become a threat to the diversity, integrity, and vibrancy of representative democracy in the UK.
The Committee reports on its review of intimidation in public life, including Parliamentary candidates and others.
The Committee makes a package of recommendations for action to government, social media companies, political parties, the police, broadcast and print media, and MPs and Parliamentary candidates themselves.
Please note that the recommendation that ‘The political parties must work together to develop a joint code of conduct on intimidatory behaviour during election campaigns by December 2018’ has since been revised.
The Committee decided at their October meeting that, in view of the continuing evidence of intimidation in public life, this joint standard should apply at all times and not just during periods of general election campaigns.