Welsh Liberal Democrats is the first federal party to impose high qualification standards for inclusion on their list of approved candidates for the 2021 Welsh general election.
Members must sign up to the following code of conduct. Failing to follow this code of conduct will constitute prima facie grounds for removal from the list of approved candidates. In addition, if elected, failing to follow this code of conduct may result in the Whip being withdrawn.
1. You must treat others with respect, and must not bully or intimidate
any Party member, member of Party staff, member of Parliamentary staff,
Party volunteer or member of the public.
2. You must act in such a way as to promote the values of the Liberal
Democrats and must not act in a way that is contrary to the interests or
values of the Party. This includes your use of language, whether spoken
or written, and content on digital or so-cial media platforms.
3. You must complete any declarations of private interest that the Party
requires, and, if elected, must complete the Official Register of
Interests or equivalent as supplied to Members and any declaration
required by the Electoral Commission.
4. You must at all times comply with the current versions of the Political
Parties, Elec-tions and Referendums Act 2000 and the Representation of the
People Act 1983 and any other relevant legislation and must provide
information regarding expenses or donations as required by the Party.
5. You must at all times comply with the Party’s data protection and data
security policies when dealing with any data to which you may be given
access by the Party.
6. You must give consent to and provide the details necessary for the
Party to undertake (or to authorise an approved third party to undertake)
an audit of your social media profile when requested.
7. You must abide by the Party’s internal selection and election rules,
and by any other Code of Conduct that has been signed up to by the Party.
8. If asked by your state party, you must complete a post-election review
after each general election, whether or not you stood as a candidate.
9. You must appoint an election agent who has been trained and certified
by the Party, provided that a suitable person is available and willing to
undertake the role.
10. If asked by your state party, you must agree a Candidate Compact with
the local party (or parties) within three months of being selected as the
prospective parliamentary candidate for a seat.
11. If elected, and if asked by your state party, you must make a
reasonable contribution towards ongoing party activity, which will include
a financial element, the exact level to be determined following the
election by agreement with the relevant regional party and by reference
to any relevant guidance then in force.
12. You must signify your agreement to this Code of Conduct to the
Returning Officer at the start of any selection process in which you
13. You must not bring, or risk bringing, the Party into disrepute.
It is expected that this or a similar Code of Conduct will be instituted for the party as a whole for Westminster elections.