No Place in Politics: Tackling Abuse and Intimidation

Published: 30 January 2024

06 February 2024, 18:10 Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, Hybrid

Abuse and intimidation of our elected representatives is one of the biggest threats to our democracy in the UK. In the last seven years, two MPs – Jo Cox and Sir David Amess – were murdered as they met their constituents. Many elected representatives routinely receive abuse. 

In Scotland, Holyrood magazine revealed that 70% of Members of Scottish Parliament said they had feared for their safety since being elected, rising to almost 90% of female MSPs. In 2023, ITV Wales found that 80% of Welsh MPs and Senedd Members have felt threatened since being in office, while 43% have received a death threat. Many of those active in politics cite abuse as a reason that they step down from office or choose not to run. In this election year, understanding and combatting abuse in politics is more important than ever.  

Building on extensive stakeholder engagement and research, Su Moore and Hannah Phillips of the Jo Cox Foundation will discuss the JCF’s recently launched Civility Commission report, offering practical and deliverable recommendations to tackle abuse in politics. Addressing the issue is complex and requires action across multiple different sectors including governments, political parties and the police.

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First published: 30 January 2024