Liberal Democrat Voice comments policy upgrade

crotpa20002Following the dissolution of Parliament on Monday, today the terms of the Representation of the People Acts come into force. To comply with those terms, Liberal Democrat Voice is upgrading its comments policy forthwith. The enhanced policy can be read here. There will be a brief, almost indiscernible, pause in comments today while essential technical adjustments are transacted.

From now until election day, as per advice in the ALDC Election Law Handbook and in the Agents Manual, all comments by a parliamentary candidate, or by anyone who has campaigned (including telephone canvassing)  for a parliamentary candidate, should contain the correct imprint for that candidate. If a commenter has campaigned for more than one candidate then s/he should provide a separate imprint for each one.

In addition, parliamentary candidates should send the Liberal Democrat Voice team a signed declaration that they have informed all opposing candidates of their comment including supplying them with a link so they can place a balancing comment, should they wish.


Published and promoted by J. Oliver on behalf of E. Davey (Liberal Democrats), all at 21 Berrylands Road, Surbiton, KT5 8QX, and by T. Gordon on behalf of the Liberal Democrats, at 8-10 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AE.

Published and promoted by Andrew Garner on behalf of Lisa Smart and the Hazel Grove Constituency Liberal Democrats, 34 Stockport Road, Romiley, Stockport, SK6 3AA and by Tim Gordon on behalf of the Liberal Democrats at 8-10 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AE.

Published & promoted by A Sangar on behalf of N Clegg (Liberal Democrat) and Sheffield Liberal Democrats all at 85 Nethergreen Road and by Tim Gordon on behalf of the Liberal Democrats all at 8-10 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AE.

Published & promoted by C Lindsay on behalf of E Farthing-Sykes (Scottish Liberal Democrat) all at 4 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh and by Tim Gordon on behalf of the Liberal Democrats all at 8-10 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AE.

Published & promoted by C Lindsay on behalf of  C Dundas  (Scottish Liberal Democrat) all at 4 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh and by Tim Gordon on behalf of the Liberal Democrats all at 8-10 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AE.


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  • Paul in Wokingham 1st Apr '15 - 12:24am

    I don’t like pasties. Can you throw me a sausage roll?

  • Stevan Rose 1st Apr '15 - 12:28am

    At last, some common sense.

    Published and promoted on behalf of Rt Hon Tony Blair, 1997.

  • And a happy 1st of April to you to!

  • David Evershed 1st Apr '15 - 1:01am


    How many imprints will some telephone canvassers have to include?

  • Tony Dawson 1st Apr '15 - 1:21am

    This ‘advice’ appears on the face of it to be ludicrous. That does not, of course, mean it does not comply or genuinely attempt to comply with the published law which may or may not be lawful. Have you ever sen an imprint on a letter to a local newspaper either from a candidate or one of his/her supporters?

    Material circulated in a campaign period in a constituency only has to bear an ‘official imprint if it promotes the candidate in that constituency election. An awful lot gets circulated in election time which is quite legitimately ‘off expenses’ and does not bear any constituency imprint.

    Just because someone campaigns for an individual candidate at some time, does not mean that one agrees with that candidate on all issues. So one might wish to make a contribution to a blog site on an issue directly contradictory to the policy of the candidate (who you have supported/canvassed for) on that issue. How could you get an endorsement from your candidate’s agent for the expression of views which contradict the candidate’s views on that subject? It is one o clock in the morning and you see a posting on a blog that you wish to counter. Are you required to telephone the agent to wake her/him up to gain permission.

    I would suggest that any attempt by any individual to utilse an election imprint without checking the precise words used are agreeable to the agent would be in breach of the law. I cannot believe that any law could lawfully deprive an individual to a right of self-expression simply because he or she has supported one or more candidates (who might, of course, be in different Parties!)

  • Tony Dawson 1st Apr '15 - 1:23am


  • How will I recognise an imprint? What does one look like?

  • Do read the link to the new policy in full – useful advice in all situations with added tinfoil and pasties.

    Keep up the good work.

    Published and promoted by T. Pfkar on behalf of J. Essex (Liberal Democats), all at 70 Walm Lane, Willesden Green, London NW2 4RA and by T. Gordon on behalf of the Liberal Democats, at 8-10 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AE.

  • Good one 🙂

  • Bill le Breton 1st Apr '15 - 6:43am

    ho, ho. where is stimpson to comment on this. We have a right to hear him or her.

  • Ruth Bright 1st Apr '15 - 8:55am

    Ah this must be a revival of the famous change of rules in 1974 when Jeremy Thorpe had to get a group of Young Liberals to letraset an imprint onto his hovercraft in the last few minutes before his campaign launch.

  • !!!!!

    Published and promoted by E Bevan on behalf of Avril Poisson, Literal Democrat, all at Huntigowk, Naljapäev, San Serife

  • The Enhanced Policy doesn’t seem any different, lol! 😉

  • Rev Simon Wilson 1st Apr '15 - 10:32am

    Check out the date Tony

  • @ Tony Dawson. Have you woken up yet and checked the date or are you part of it?

  • April Fool?

  • Tony. Check the date.

  • Philip Thomas 1st Apr '15 - 11:18am

    Tony, you might want to check the date this “advice” was published on 🙂

  • David Evans 1st Apr '15 - 11:44am

    April 1st?

  • Simon Foster 1st Apr '15 - 12:25pm

    Damn. Town Councillor candidate fell for this in OXWAB, and I promised them a clarification from Neil on this by the end of the day.

    Nice to know I can now provide the clarification. Nicely done, had us both hook line and sinker here 😉

  • David Allen 1st Apr '15 - 12:45pm

    Many a true word is spoken in jest.

    Yours sincerely, 0007404.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 1st Apr '15 - 1:37pm


  • Sadie Smith 2nd Apr '15 - 10:31am

    You will give them ideas!

  • Denis Loretto 2nd Apr '15 - 12:11pm

    Should the item on party selection contests not read “During party selection contests, you can all just nod off.”

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