William Eichler 07 May 2019

Whitehall announces measures to safeguard elections against ‘intimidation’

The Government today announced a range of new measures designed to help safeguard elections in the UK against ‘intimidation, influence and disinformation’.

Under the new rules, people who have been found guilty of intimidating or abusive behaviour – either online or in person – in the run up to an election will be banned from running for office.

Candidates, political parties and non-party campaigners will also be required to brand or ‘imprint’ their digital election materials, so the public is clear who they are from.

The Government is also launching a consultation to strengthen laws on foreign donations.

‘We need to review and refresh our analogue laws for a digital age, and ensure there are robust safeguards against hostile states, foreign lobbyists and shadowy third parties,’ said the minister for the constitution, Kevin Foster.

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