Tuesday, 7 July 2009

EXTRAORDINARY INVITATION ON CLEAN CAMPAIGN PLEDGE DRAWS EARLY RESPONSE - Media release

The Green Party candidate in the Norwich North by-election has signed a voluntary pledge to keep the campaign clean and is challenging candidates of other parties to join him. The Conservative Party candidate has already agreed to do so. A formal response from Labour and UKIP is awaited. The LibDems have refused to sign the pledge.

The invitation was extended by Dr Rupert Read, who believes there is no need to resort to the kind of personal attacks which some parties try to level against rival candidates. There has been a positive response from Chloe Smith, the Conservative candidate.

Rupert Read said: "It is because we disagree hugely with the Tories, and other parties, about real issues, and because we want this election to be about those issues, that we are putting forward this statement. A clean campaign is not one without disagreements; on the contrary, it is a campaign in which the real and major disagreements between the candidates are not obscured by lies, personal attacks and mud-throwing."                                     

The same pledge was signed by all candidates on the Green Party list in the eastern region at the European elections last month. At that time it drew the public approval of "the man in the white suit", veteran anti-sleaze campaigner and former Independent MP, Martin Bell.

The pledge (full text below) promises that signatories will tell only the truth about the achievements of their party, make only reasonable promises and stick to campaigning on issues that concern the people of Norwich North without resorting to personal attacks.

It encourages voters to police the pledge themselves and to keep signatories to their word by reporting to the media any apparent breaches.

After the scandal surrounding the MPs expenses expose Dr Read says the object is to demonstrate that politics can be a clean and positive activity engaged in for the good of all. He aims to play a full part in cleaning up the image of Parliament should he be elected the Greens' first MP on July 23rd.

 

 THE PLEDGE:

We, the undersigned pledge, in the Norwich North by-election campaign:

To show by our actions that politics need not be a dirty game, but can be a clean and positive activity, engaged in genuinely for the good of all.


To tell the truth about what we stand for and have achieved, and about what others stand for and have achieved.


To refrain from personal attacks.


Not to mislead the public about who is doing well and about who is likely to win in these elections.


To make only honest and reasonable promises.


To fight a clean, positive and honest campaign around the issues that concern the people of Norwich North.


In particular, to be honest about public spending, and not to scaremonger in ways that may frighten the most vulnerable members of our society, such as children and elderly people.


To take money only from organisations and individuals whose motives in giving us money we do not have reason to suspect.



To sign up to the transparency pledge on MPs' expenses below.



We encourage voters:


To expect from us decent and honest behaviour, as candidates and as their elected representatives.


To ask Parties operating in this by-election whether they have signed up to the Pledge or not, and, if not, to encourage them to do so.


And to help us enforce this Pledge, by reporting truthfully to us and to the media any apparent breaches of it.



We hope by this pledge to serve as a positive example for Norwich and for other election campaigns in the future.



And, finally, if elected, we pledge:



1.       To publish online details of all of personal expenses incurred as a Member of Parliament.

2.       To publish online details of all of office expenses incurred as a Member of Parliament.

3.       To publish online details of all donations of more than £1,000, in line with Electoral Commission rules.

4.       To appoint a local firm of auditors to approve expenses accounts at the end of every financial year.

5.       To open up the unedited expenses claims to local newspapers at the end of every financial year.

6.       To never claim for food.

7.       To never claim for furniture or household goods.

8.       To meet all tax liabilities – such as stamp duty – without claiming them from the taxpayer.

 

Signed: Rupert Read, Green Party candidate

                Chloe Smith, Conservative Party candidate

               

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The Green Party candidate in the Norwich North by-election has signed a voluntary pledge to keep the campaign clean and is challenging candidates of other parties to join him. The Conservative Party candidate has already agreed to do so. A formal response from Labour and UKIP is awaited. The LibDems have refused to sign the pledge.

The invitation was extended by Dr Rupert Read, who believes there is no need to resort to the kind of personal attacks which some parties try to level against rival candidates. There has been a positive response from Chloe Smith, the Conservative candidate.

Rupert Read said: "It is because we disagree hugely with the Tories, and other parties, about real issues, and because we want this election to be about those issues, that we are putting forward this statement. A clean campaign is not one without disagreements; on the contrary, it is a campaign in which the real and major disagreements between the candidates are not obscured by lies, personal attacks and mud-throwing."                                     

The same pledge was signed by all candidates on the Green Party list in the eastern region at the European elections last month. At that time it drew the public approval of "the man in the white suit", veteran anti-sleaze campaigner and former Independent MP, Martin Bell.

The pledge (full text below) promises that signatories will tell only the truth about the achievements of their party, make only reasonable promises and stick to campaigning on issues that concern the people of Norwich North without resorting to personal attacks.

It encourages voters to police the pledge themselves and to keep signatories to their word by reporting to the media any apparent breaches.

After the scandal surrounding the MPs expenses expose Dr Read says the object is to demonstrate that politics can be a clean and positive activity engaged in for the good of all. He aims to play a full part in cleaning up the image of Parliament should he be elected the Greens' first MP on July 23rd.

 

 THE PLEDGE:

We, the undersigned pledge, in the Norwich North by-election campaign:

To show by our actions that politics need not be a dirty game, but can be a clean and positive activity, engaged in genuinely for the good of all.


To tell the truth about what we stand for and have achieved, and about what others stand for and have achieved.


To refrain from personal attacks.


Not to mislead the public about who is doing well and about who is likely to win in these elections.


To make only honest and reasonable promises.


To fight a clean, positive and honest campaign around the issues that concern the people of Norwich North.


In particular, to be honest about public spending, and not to scaremonger in ways that may frighten the most vulnerable members of our society, such as children and elderly people.


To take money only from organisations and individuals whose motives in giving us money we do not have reason to suspect.



To sign up to the transparency pledge on MPs' expenses below.



We encourage voters:


To expect from us decent and honest behaviour, as candidates and as their elected representatives.


To ask Parties operating in this by-election whether they have signed up to the Pledge or not, and, if not, to encourage them to do so.


And to help us enforce this Pledge, by reporting truthfully to us and to the media any apparent breaches of it.



We hope by this pledge to serve as a positive example for Norwich and for other election campaigns in the future.



And, finally, if elected, we pledge:



1.       To publish online details of all of personal expenses incurred as a Member of Parliament.

2.       To publish online details of all of office expenses incurred as a Member of Parliament.

3.       To publish online details of all donations of more than £1,000, in line with Electoral Commission rules.

4.       To appoint a local firm of auditors to approve expenses accounts at the end of every financial year.

5.       To open up the unedited expenses claims to local newspapers at the end of every financial year.

6.       To never claim for food.

7.       To never claim for furniture or household goods.

8.       To meet all tax liabilities – such as stamp duty – without claiming them from the taxpayer.

 

Signed: Rupert Read, Green Party candidate

                Chloe Smith, Conservative Party candidate

               

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