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Caroline calls for end to intimidation in politics

EDM_Intimidation_in_politics.JPGDon Valley MP Caroline Flint has called for an end to abuse and intimidation in politics.

The MP has backed the establishment of a new Joint Standard of Conduct for all MPs, by becoming one of the sponsors of a cross-party Early Day Motion supported by the Jo Cox foundation and Committee on Standards in Public Life

Said Caroline: “I'm delighted this motion is backed by the Jo Cox Foundation. At a time when our national politics has become so polarised, it is more important than ever that MPs set the right example and treating one another with dignity and respect, whatever our differences may be.

“There is too much hate, too much abuse and too much intimidation in politics.  There is no place for it is political debate.

Nobody should ever be dissuaded from dedicating their life fighting for the political values the believe in, but that is the reality of what will happen if public figures and their families continue to face threats and harassment.

“I hope colleagues from across Parliament, and especially the leaders of our parties, can support this initiative and introduce the much-needed Joint Standard as soon as possible.”

The co-sponsors are Labour’s Alison McGovern, Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell, and Liberal Democrat MP Sam Gyimah.  The motion has been signed by 41 MPs within 48 hours.

The Motion (EDM No24) condemns abuse and intimidation as a threat to the diversity, integrity, and vibrancy of our national democracy and appeals to party leaders to commit to introducing a Joint Standard of conduct that will ensure that strong, passionately held views cannot be drowned out by abuse or threats.

The full text of the Early Day Motion can be found here: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/53367/intimidation-in-public-life

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