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A thought from our team - if the public agreed, maybe through a consultation process, on a simple voluntary code of conduct that set out how we hoped our elected representatives would behave while conducting parliamentary business, might that create enough political pressure and enough support that the whole of Parliament might eventually feel and behave differently?

We'd love to hear what people think!

Laura

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UPDATE: Tweetminster has started a campaign to '“crowdsource” 10 Commandments for Members of Parliament'.

'The 10 Commandments will define a set of standards our elected representatives should adhere to in public life.

Conversations on Twitter show a lot of people think setting standards for MPs should not be the role of a special committee. We believe it is more sensible for MPs, parliamentary candidates and the public to work together to agree what is (and isn’t) acceptable behaviour in Westminster. It is more democratic and practical to ask the politicians at the front line, the candidates that seek to join them and the taxpayers who fund Parliament to reach an informed consensus about these issues, rather than rely on self-regulation by existing MPs.

That’s why Tweetminster is inviting you, the public, Members of Parliament and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to work together with us to set these 10 Commandments. Our goal at Tweetminster is to connect politicians and the public together and make a practical contribution towards improving political life in the UK.'

They are asking people to 'Send us your commandments (the values you feel are the most important for an MP to abide by) via Twitter (i.e. by including @tweetminster with your commandment). We’re not looking for policy suggestions, but for the principles and values that you want to see embraced across all parties.'

Can we come up with some?

Laura


Send us your commandments (the values you feel are the most important for an MP to abide by) via Twitter (i.e. by including @tweetminster with your commandment). We’re not looking for policy suggestions, but for the principles and values that you want to see embraced across all parties.'
This is a brillaint idea! Shall we look at this when we meet physically some time?
That would be great!

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