Reform Political Advertising
Our goal is simple: electoral advertising should be regulated so that fact-based claims are accurate. We are not interested in party policy or political arguments, but we are very interested indeed when data, events and identities are manipulated, ignored or invented.
Voters agree with us: according to our 2020 YouGov research, 85% of the UK public agree that it is important “that political parties’ adverts do not make false or misleading claims.”
All major political parties have taken advantage of this lack of regulation. Put another way, politicians know they can lie in advertising, so they do. Our review of advertising in the 2019 General Election is evidence if it were needed; local and national elections in May 2021 are similarly infected by distortion and falsification.
The tide is beginning to turn: we are supported by several political parties who have signed our Pledge, but the biggest advertisers continue to exploit this illogical regulatory gap. Dishonest political advertising distorts choice and damages democracy and advertising; both deserve better.
Election Advertising Review Panel (EARP)
In the context of a particularly toxic political environment with the integrity of information very much under scrutiny, Reform Political Advertising has formed the "Election Advertising Review Panel" (EARP). We invited six senior people from inside and outside the advertising industry to create an executive that reviews factual claims in election ads and judges whether they are truthfully presented or otherwise. This exercise constitutes a ‘pilot’ for the next General Election, by which time we are planning involvement from established regulatory bodies. Watch Lord Puttnam talking about the project and read more about it here.Read More