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A simple ad code for all political leaders

14th January 2024
Lord Puttnam, January 2024 “When, as Chairman of a cross-party House of Lords Committee in 2020 I was responsible for recommending the regulation of ‘fundamental inaccuracy’ in political advertising, I wasn’t necessarily expecting it to be nodded through, but neither did I think the governm…

Your turn to listen, please, Lindy. We have a solution for political disinformation.

16th November 2023
On Tuesday morning Lindy Cameron, the CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre, spoke on Radio 4 about the ‘more complex threats’ posed by AI.  Prominent among the threats discussed was the one to voters from political disinformation (PD), as the upcoming election will be “the first in …

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it the NHS? Or is it the Tories?

17th October 2023
    First, our thanks to those who kindly sent in the ‘NHS survey’ conducted in the South Cambridgeshire parliamentary constituency under the auspices of the Conservative party candidate. Before we set out our response, we should explain how we assess electoral material. We do so using three elem…

What should Labour tell voters at the General Election?

8th October 2023
The truth.Analysis of thousands of ads from all political parties reveals that it’s in short supply.Electoral Commission research from 2019 confirms that “people were concerned about misleading campaign techniques from across the political spectrum.”Electoral advertising should be regulated so that …

Let’s settle this over a pint

4th August 2023
The tedious spat between the Labour party and the Conservatives over the Rishi Sunak ‘rolled eyes and poor pint’ deepfake did not surprise in the sense that it’s a conventional political exchange with all the value of two bald men fighting over a comb.Neither were we taken aback by the epic hy…

Taking advantage of the rules (the ones they wrote) In Uxbridge and Ruislip, of all places.

26th July 2023
The recent Conservative party retention of Uxbridge and Ruislip was generally attributed to their anti-ULEZ campaign. The campaign took many forms; one of the most significant was the imaginatively named ‘Stop Ulez Times,’ which looks like doing what it said on its ‘tin’: stopping ULEZ. It als…

Ping pong with the Lib Dems in Somerton and Frome

19th July 2023
This note sets out our views on the issue that has become something of an online debate after our tweet that we regarded the Lib Dem letter to voters in Somerton and Frome as a ‘terrible’ campaign.  To those who may have missed this edifying exchange, a reference to the campaign material…

Our review of the 2023 local elections “Lies, Defamation, Deceit and Incompetence”

5th May 2023
You can download for free our fourth review of electoral advertising below. If the type seems a little heavier and the tone a little angrier, it’s because the keyboard is being hit a little harder and the writers are indeed a little madder. Reform Political Advertising is a non-profit, political…

We need your help to continue our campaign to prevent lies in electoral advertising.

4th May 2023
The public are hungry for change. They want to see politicians turn the page on months of dishonesty and deception. Our proposal – to properly regulate electoral ads – offers them a way to do that. And recently we have taken some huge strides towards this goal.  We’ve made significa…

Lord Puttnam’s statement on the 2023 local elections

4th May 2023
Lord Puttnam has again voiced his deep concern over the lack of regulation for electoral advertising and its effect on our democracy. He stated: “my own view is that unless electoral advertising is regulated, we are badly risking the future of plural democracy.  It seems to be a simple choi…

The Green Party offers to sign an ad code of conduct ahead of the general election

1st May 2023
We are delighted in the leadership being shown by Carla Denyer and The Green Party of England and Wales today to prevent lies in electoral advertising.  “I say to the leaders of the other political parties what if we all signed up to a code of conduct where we pledged factual accuracy in elect…

Our letter in The Times today

20th April 2023
We’ve had a letter published in The Times today. For those without a subscription you can read it below. “Sir,  Daniel Finkelstein’s article “Divisive political ads are just getting started” (Apr 19)  was a heart-warming read for  those of us who have spent years campaigning for the …

Ad hominem, ad regulatus

10th April 2023
Recent Labour party advertising, in particular – to paraphrase – Rishi Sunak protects paedophiles from prison – has attracted much commentary and most of it focused on the subject matter of child sexual assault, the ‘ad hominem’ nature of the approach, its credibility and the disse…

The threat of generative AI to our democracy

8th April 2023
Generative AI is already having a profound and lasting effect on the advertising industry and political advertising is by no means exempt. My outlook about its impact on “normal” advertising is positive. The possibilities are exciting. But I am filled with total dread about what’s to come as t…

If the advertising is duplicitous, what does that make the advertiser?

21st March 2023
No prizes for the correct answer. Perhaps this shabby impersonation of a respected local paper is no surprise: for decades, politicians have been ripping off their local news services and burying their names in tiny type under a heap of dubious or outright untrue claims while wrapping themselve…

Listen to our parliamentary event discussing the topic of “honesty in politics”

8th March 2023
We held a parliamentary event with the APPG Compassion In Politics this week titled “Honesty in politics. What is it and how do we get it?”. Taking part in the panel discussion was Debbie Abrahams MP, Gina Miller, Jennifer Nadel and Lord Puttnam who joined virtually. You can listen to Lord P…