Harlow Council to host International Women’s Day on day of By-Election

Politics / Wed 7th Feb 2018 at 12:05pm


ON the day that the country was marking one hundred years since women had been given the vote, Harlow Council told us that they did not hold any specific events due to the fact that they were in a period of political neutrality (Purdah) due to the Little Parndon by-election due to be held on March 8th.

Pre-election restrictions for local government are governed by the Local Government Act, which says councils should “not publish any material which, in whole or in part, appears to be designed to affect public support for a political party”.

While the everyday business of central and local government continues in the run-up to the elections, all staff must be scrupulous in the purdah period to ensure that public resources are not used for party political purposes and must not undertake any activity that could call into question their political impartiality. The rules apply to all communications, including social media.

So it was with some surprise that we recieved a communication from Harlow Council today to promote an International Women’s Day.

It will be hosted by Harlow Council at the Harlow Playhouse on Thursday March 8th, 2018. The day of the Little Parndon and Hare Street By-Election.

The event is organised by Integration Support Services with funding from the Lottery.

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