As part of our Facts matter campaign, CILIP has been asking political parties in the upcoming elections to pledge their commitment to facts and evidence in public life and their 2017 General Election campaigns. Our members and the general public have also been asking election candidates to come out publicly in support of the pledge.
Thank you to each of the parties and candidates who have declared their support and to those who have written to their candidates. Here is how you can get involved.
Political parties who are publicly supporting the Facts Matter pledge
"We're happy to support this pledge. In this era of ‘fake news’, it has never been more important to ensure an evidence-based approach in political debate policy-making and decisions. Alliance has always been at the forefront of transparency in politics, and we pledge to continue that in this General Election to ensure public trust and confidence in the democratic process." Naomi Long, MLA, leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
"The SDLP recognises the vital role of facts and evidence in political campaigning for ensuring public trust and confidence in the democratic process. Our party will take all reasonable steps to run a fact-based 2017 General Election campaign. The tide of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ that has spread with populist movements across Europe and the US is a threat to the integrity of our democracy. The SDLP will stand against those who seek to misrepresent truth in the pursuit of political power. We pledge to campaign on evidence based policies.” SDLP Chief Whip Colin McGrath MLA
"The Ulster Unionist Party recognises the essential role that facts have in informing rational policy development. This is particularly important at election time when Ulster Unionist candidates are asking voters to place their trust in then. Anything we commit to, or claim as fact, will be able to be backed up with evidence.
The Ulster Unionist Party recognises the vital role of facts and evidence in political campaigning for ensuring public trust and confidence in the democratic process. Our party will take all reasonable steps to run a fact-based 2017 General Election campaign. Please note this pledge is also on behalf of all Ulster Unionist Party candidates in the upcoming election."
Mark Ovens – Head of Policy for the Ulster Unionist Party
Candidates and party members who are publicly supporting the Facts Matter pledge
Green Party candidate, Hackney North and Stoke
Conservative Party candidate, Shipley Constituency
Labour Party candidate, Faversham and Mid Kent
Labour Parliamentary candidate, Oxford East
UKIP Parliamentary Candidate, Newport East
Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, Saffron Walden
Liberal Democrat candidate, Nottingham East
Green Party candidate, Erewash
Green Party Parliamentary candidate, Trafford & Urmston
Dr Kirsten Johnson
Liberal Democrat candidate, Oxford East
Dr Chris Jones
Labour Party candidate, Norwich North
Conservative Party, Kent County Councillor
Labour Parliementary candidate for Newcastle North
Green Party candidate, West Worcestershire
Labour Parliamentary candidate, Cheadle
Scottish Labour Party candidate for Edinburgh South
Liberal Democrats candidate, Welwyn Hatfield
Green Party candidate, Oxford East
Labour Party Parliamentary candidate, Ilford North
Liberal Democrats candidate, Bedford and Kempston
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