100+ MPs sign our new code of conduct
3rd October 2019
This Wednesday (2nd October) we launched a new code of conduct for MPs with our friends at More United. The code was created as a response to the mounting hostility we have witnessed between MPs in recent months, a trend which escalated to unprecedented last week when the prime minister dismissed female MPs concerns for their safety as "humbug", referred to attempts to stop a no deal Brexit as "betrayal" and his attorney general Geoffrey Cox made jokes about domestic abuse.
We and More United both agreed that urgent action was needed to reduce tensions, create a more cooperative and compassionate atmosphere at Westminster, and start to overcome national divisions.
Over 100 MPs from six different parties have so far signed up to the pledge including party and parliamentary leaders Jo Swinson (Liberal Democrats), Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru), and Caroline Lucas (Green).
We are now working with the Speaker of the House of Commons on the best way to oversee observance of the code.
The full pledge reads:
As your elected representatives, we should be the change we want to see. We pledge to uphold the code:
1. Put country above political divides, avoid language or behaviour that incites hate or encourages disrespect, and to work together to build a more united country.
2. Reform debate as a way to build consensus: not as a way to tear each other down for political point-scoring but to speak with truth and integrity.
3. Uphold a level of respect and professionalism between colleagues. We passed the laws that set the standards throughout our country’s workplaces. We need to be held equally accountable.