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Bob Buxton, Leader of the Yorkshire Party and Candidate for West Yorkshire Mayor, has agreed to our campaign pledge for responsible election campaigning.

12th April 2021
We are not for profit and are run by unpaid volunteers. We rely on donations to continue our work. Please donate to our campaign here. Reform Political Advertising welcomes the commitment that Bob Buxton, Leader of the Yorkshire Party and Candidate for West Yorkshire Mayor, has mad…

The Green Party’s Sian Berry agrees to Reform Political Advertising’s campaign pledge for responsible election campaigning.

1st April 2021
We are not for profit and are run by unpaid volunteers. We rely on donations to continue our work. Please donate to our campaign here. Reform Political Advertising are delighted that The Green Party are the first party to agree to their pledge as part of the campaigns runn…

Help us find misleading electoral advertising in the local, Mayoral, Welsh and Scottish parliamentary elections

22nd February 2021
More referees wanted. The great political punch-up that is the local mayoral elections is upon us. With twenty-four rings around the country (there are 24 directly elected mayors in England), a red corner, a blue corner, a yellow corner, a green corner and many others besides – Brand…

We are recruiting for a Head of Public Affairs and Head of Communications.

28th January 2021
Head-of-Public-AffairsDownload Head-of-CommunicationsDownload If you want to play a key role in the campaign to prevent misleading claims aka lies in political advertising The Coalition For Reform in Political Advertising is recruiting for a Head of Communications and Head of Public Affairs. Y…

We are recruiting for a Head of Public Affairs and Head of Communications.

28th January 2021
Head-of-Public-AffairsDownload Head-of-CommunicationsDownload If you want to play a key role in the campaign to prevent misleading claims aka lies in political advertising The Coalition For Reform in Political Advertising is recruiting for a Head of Communications and Head of Public Affairs. Y…

A big thank you to the Conservative party (or ‘4, Matthew Parker Street’)

5th November 2020
The above leaflet (you can view it in full here) produced by or on behalf of the Conservative candidate for London mayor, Shaun Bailey, is a considerable help to us and to others. It provides the perfect example of why new rules must urgently be introduced to prevent this kind of shabby manipulatio…

The Government’s proposals for the introduction of digital imprints in electoral advertising are disappointing for three reasons, only two of which are obvious.

2nd November 2020
It’s clear that digital imprints, i.e. the means by which political parties and other campaigners can be identified in online advertising, should be introduced as soon as possible, if not earlier. This plan is simply an extension of the requirement applicable to printed material, one that the Elec…

Our submission to the Cabinet Office’s “Transparency in digital campaigning: technical consultation on digital imprints”

2nd November 2020
Below if our full submission to the Cabinet Office’s consultation: In section 9, we have included questions to monitor the regulatory burden of this regime on business (for example, technical, administrative, legal and communication costs associated with compliance). Would you like to answer thes…

85% of the UK public agree that it is important “…that political parties’ adverts do not make false or misleading claims” (YouGov)

2nd November 2020
To inform our submission to the Government’s consultation on imprints for political ads (i.e. showing who is responsible for their production and publication) the Coalition For Reform in Political Advertising has run research with YouGov that found: 85% of the UK public agreed th…

Our reaction to the Government’s response to the House of Lords report Digital Technology and the Resurrection of Trust

8th October 2020
Reform Political Advertising replies to the Government Response to the House of Lords Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee Report on Digital Technology and the Resurrection of Trust 1. Context and background In June 2020, the House of Lords Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee,…

The House of Lords’ report ‘Digital Technology and the Resurrection of Trust’ is a profoundly important document. The challenge now is how the recommendations are turned into action.

29th June 2020
We are not for profit and are run by unpaid volunteers. Please consider donating to our campaign here. We rely on donations to continue our work.   We write as the Coalition for Reform in Political Advertising; our concern, therefore, is largely with the issue of advertising within the…

Our response to the ASA’s call that “British political advertising must be regulated”

3rd June 2020
We are not for profit and are run by unpaid volunteers. Please consider donating to our campaign here. We rely on donations to continue our work.  First, we should acknowledge and respect that some events are so shocking that they prevent consideration of just about any others. They stop you …

We need specific recommendations from the Electoral Commission on how to deal with disinformation in elections

7th May 2020
The Electoral Commission has changed its tone on disinformation in elections and referendums. That is a good development for democracy, but specific recommendations are needed on how to deal with the problem. Our campaign to reform the rules around political advertising is two years old this month…

The need for rules for political advertising content is as urgent as ever

25th February 2020
On 29 January, we wrote an article for The Byline Times, ‘Political Ads that Lie Will Never Be Tamed Without Regulation’, which pointed out that an otherwise thorough report from a Cross-Party Group of MPs, ‘Defending Our Democracy in a Digital Age’, had missed a critical issue in failing to…

A cross-party group has put forward good suggestions for modernising our outdated rules for elections. However, it doesn’t address the problem of lies in political ads. It needs to – and this is why.

29th January 2020
Last week we passed another milestone towards modernising the rules for political advertising. A cross-party group of MPs called for a fairly comprehensive list of measures to update the rules relating to electoral and political advertising. Only a very few groups have in recent years been advocati…

The Coalition for Reform in Political Advertising interviewed on the BBC News Channel

15th December 2019
Political advertising can’t go on in the way it was executed in the 2019 UK election. If you like the work we’ve been doing over the election please consider donating to our campaign here. We rely on donations to continue our work.   Alex Tait was interviewed as part of the BBC’s News Chan…