Tell May Election Candidates: Sign The Fair Play Pledge

The Fair Play Pledge Coalition started a petition to All candidates at Welsh, Scottish & English elections

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Fed up with the dishonesty, trickery and abuse that has invaded political campaigning?

Candidates behave this way because they are allowed to. UK election laws haven't been seriously updated since before Facebook existed and democracy is paying the price.

Join us in calling for all candidates in May's elections to sign the Fair Play Pledge and commit to doing better.

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Campaigning honestly and respectfully should be a given but we have seen repeatedly that this is not the case. With the rise of social media, it has become easier and easier to undermine elections. Enough is enough. It’s time candidates played fair and it’s time the governments in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh updated election laws for the digital age. 

What is the Fair Play Pledge? 

In the absence of any meaningful reform to election law in 20 years, we formed this coalition of concerned organisations to ask all parties and candidates in the Welsh, Scottish, mayoral and local elections to campaign in an open, democratic and respectful manner and be democracy advocates if elected into office.

By signing this pledge, parties and candidates commit to: 

1. Campaign openly: To campaign honestly and transparently. To refrain from promoting or supporting              the promotion of online misinformation, disinformation, fakery or trickery. To acknowledge and correct                mistakes if they arise.

2. Financial fair play: To uphold campaign finance laws and refrain from using digital technology to                    circumvent the rules.

3. Campaign respectfully: To refrain from intimidating or abusing opponents or their supporters on online platforms and to call out your own supporters if they do so.

4. Respect privacy: To campaign in a manner that respects the privacy of voters and abides by data          protection law.

5. Champion defending and enhancing our democracy if elected: If successful, to use their influence as elected politicians to champion the strengthening and updating of UK democracy.

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Recent years have seen the substance and tenor of political debate in this country and around the world become increasingly toxic. Democracy is like an ecosystem. Pollution from any single source damages the whole environment. Enough is enough. 

The UK's electoral laws are robust in the analogue sphere but have not been updated to reflect the increasing digitisation of political campaigning. With the COVID-19 pandemic enhancing this process, 2021 is the right time for all candidates to say they will do things better. 

Follow us for updates on the Fair Play Pledge campaign! @FairPledge

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For more information, visit fairplaypledge.co.uk or email [email protected].

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Campaigning honestly and respectfully should be a given but with the rise of social media, it has become easier and easier to undermine elections. Enough is enough. It’s time to update election laws for the digital age. It’s time candidates played fair!
The Fair Play Pledge Coalition
The Fair Play Pledge Coalition
posted 5 months ago

Commitments from Sadiq Khan and the Liberal Democrats

Dear Supporters,

We are excited to announce that Sadiq Khan, Labour candidate for London Mayor, has signed the Fair Play Pledge and committed to campaigning with decency. 

Additionally, the Liberal Democrats of England and Scotland have committed the party as a whole to the pledge! 

This marks a major milestone in our campaign to make May elections respectful and civil. 

A sincere thank you to all of you for helping us build this momentum. This is just the beginning. Let's keep pushing! 

Yours, 

Fair Play Pledge Coalition 



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Cathy F signed this petition
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Richard F signed and offered support
“The aim of this campaign, to update outdated election laws, is long overdue.”
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Sophie B signed this petition
“Policy and accountability must update to the current times. The political environment is toxic, and this pledge is a meaningful way to show voters more respect for transparency and honesty.”
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John T signed this petition
“I am a Reform UK candidate and I have signed and committed to Fair Play during my campaign.”
pauline a signed and offered support
I have written about politics in my local paper and also the occasionally for Yorkshire Bylines
“This is an important step to help promote honesty and decendy into politics. The problem is that the popular press need to sign the pledge as well - some of the writing is appauling”
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“Transparency is the key 🔑”
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“About time a fairer system was implemented.”
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Wendé M signed this petition
“I'm supporting this initiative because the so-called first past the post system is patently undemocratic and we need proportional representation for a real democracy.”
Catherine S signed this petition
“Transparency and honesty are what we need.”
Amy G signed and offered support
“I am extremely concerned that we are moving towards being a one party state unless proportional representation is introduced. I vote out of principle but without and reasonable hope of seeing my vote represented in any way, and this is almost no better than being disenfrachised. The more people who feel this, the fewer people will engage politically at all. Regardless of one's personal politics, this issue is fundamental to democracy.”
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“I think the Fair Play Pledge is a brilliant idea but until we get rid of the "first past the post" system of voting we will never have true democracy.”
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“I think we've all recently seen what happens when debates and election campaign is NOT conducted in a fair manner. Count me in.”