Abuse, violence, harassment and disinformation have no place in our democracy. Amid fears that public discourse is becoming less civil and reports of MPs standing down because of abuse, LGiU’s #DispatchesFromTheDoorstep project will shine a light on un-democratic behaviour witnessed on the general election campaign trail and hear how this behaviour is being tackled by individuals, councils, parties and the police.
This is a crowd-sourced campaign so we need your help!
Help us to tell this important story
We are asking councillors and officers across UK local government to contribute instances of abuse, harassment, violence and disinformation witnessed in the #GE2019 campaign, and how they are being tackled. We will share these stories anonymously using the hashtag #DispatchesfromtheDoorstep and on the live feed below. Contact us by email, WhatsApp (07852289020) or Twitter DM.
Councillors – Many councillors will be out on the doorsteps campaigning for parliamentary candidates (or indeed may be standing themselves). Drop us a quick message when you’re out and about, letting us know what’s going on in your patch.
Council officers – What is your council doing to keep this general election free and fair? How are you tackling disinformation? How are you keeping the candidates and the public safe? What are the challenges you’re facing and what could be done to improve things? Share your comments, ideas and good practice.
Everyone else – We’d love to hear from anyone involved in the general election campaign – political parties, candidates, the public, the police, local reporters – about your experiences of uncivil conduct on the doorstep and how it is being tackled.
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