Councillors, MPs and organisations – add your voice to our Debate Not Hate public statement.
"The intimidation and abuse of councillors, in person or otherwise, undermines democracy; it can prevent elected members from representing the communities they serve, deter individuals from standing for election, and undermine public trust in democratic processes.
Seven in 10 councillors reported experiencing abuse and intimidation over the last 12 months and councillors reported feeling that abuse is becoming more common and increasing in severity.
Debating and disagreeing with one another has always been, and will continue to be, a healthy part of democracy. However, the right engagement matters and abuse and intimidation crosses the line into dangerous territory and has no place in politics.
We are calling on local government leaders, the Government and relevant partners, like the police, political parties and social media companies to come together through a government convened working group to produce and implement an action plan that addresses the abuse and intimidation of elected members and candidates and ensures their safety while they fulfil their democratic roles.
Over 600 councillors have signed up to the public statement since June 2022.
Organisation and council signatures
Cllr Shaun Davies, Chair, Local Government Association (LGA)
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, President, Local Government Association
Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Labour Group leader
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Conservative Group leader
Cllr Joe Harris, Liberal Democrat Group Leader
Cllr Marianne Overton MBE, Co-chair of the Civility in Public Life Steering Group
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Co-Chair of the Civility Steering Group and Leader of Kirklees Metropolitan Group
Cllr Bridget Smith, Member of the Civility Steering Group and Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council
Cllr Keith Stevens, Chair of the National Association of Local Councils
Matt Hawkins, Co-Director of Compassion in Politics
John Austin, Chair of the Association of Democratic Services Officers
Frances Cleland, Chair of the Association of Electoral Administrators
Cllr Georgia Gould, Chair of London Councils
Elizabeth Taylor, CEO of Employment Related Services Association
Helen Edwards, President of Lawyers in Local Government
Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of Local Government Information Unit
Mark Healey, Founder/CEO of National Hate Crime Awareness Week
Cllr Matthew Hicks, Chair of East of England Local Government Association
Cllr David Baines, Leader of St. Helens Borough Council and Chair of the North West Regional Leaders Board
Cllr Martin Carnell, Mayor and Chairman of Chard Town Council
West Lindsey District Council
Slough Borough Council
Coventry City Council’s Ethics Committee
North Warwickshire Borough Council
Mid Suffolk District Council
Babergh District Council
Central Bedfordshire Council
Canterbury City Council
Old Marston Parish Council
West Sussex County Council
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Council
Cotswold District Council
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
Harlow Council and Harlow Youth Council
Gloucester City Council
Ashington Parish Council
South Hams District Council
Rother District Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Councils
Huntingdonshire District Council
Melton Borough Council
Organisations and councils can add their signatures by emailing [email protected]