Harlow Conservative candidates take the Respect Pledge

Politics / Fri 13th Apr 2018 at 01:23pm


ALL eleven Harlow Conservative election candidates have signed the Conservative Party Respect Pledge in response to the increase in unacceptable behaviour by Labour supporters and activists on social media and in some cases in person.

Leader of the Harlow Conservative Group Cllr Andrew Johnson stated: “We have always tried to ensure that our councillors are polite and respectful and we have achieved that. But sadly a politics of hate and anti Semitism is developing in the Labour Party that I am very concerned about and I don’t recognise as being representative of the real Labour Party in Harlow. I want to see clean politics in our town.”

Harlow MP, Robert Halfon said:Pledge

“I strongly welcome the Respect Pledge. Vigorous and open political debate is essential for our democracy but so is respect for others, decency and an absolute opposition to racism, antisemitism, aggression, intimidation and violence.”

Harlow Conservatives call on candidates from all political groups in the town to sign a pledge.

The wording of the pledge signed by Conservative Candidates is below

We, the undersigned, pledge:

· To refrain from making abusive or offensive attacks on other candidates in written literature, on social media or verbally.

· To encourage our supporters to campaign on social media in a respectful manner, and to condemn supporters who engage in intimidatory behaviour.

· To abide by the Code of Conduct for Conservative Party Representatives as published under the authority of the Party Board.

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7 Comments for Harlow Conservative candidates take the Respect Pledge:

2018-04-13 13:59:19

The pledge includes; To abide by the Code of Conduct for Conservative Party Representatives as published under the authority of the Party Board. And you think people would need to ASK Labour Councillors why they won't sign up? To think they would is surely terminally irrational. Incidentally, This is from Jewish Policy Research study; When it comes to antisemitism, the very rightwing lead: 52% (46-58%) in this group hold at least one antisemitic attitude, in contrast to 30% in the general population; and 13% (10-17%) of the very right-wing hold 5-8 antisemitic attitudes ... ... the very left-wing are, on the whole, no more antisemitic than the general population, but neither are they less antisemitic.

2018-04-13 15:10:22

Where have you been for the last few weeks? Antifas and labour, hand in hand. Denial is no answer. TRUST labour at YOUR PERIL.

2018-04-13 15:34:50

Delighted, however, to hear that the Tory Party has decided to take such a great stand on respect. It's long overdue. This dossier was compiled from news reports in the local and national media and is far from comprehensive, but what it shows is that the Conservative Party is regularly beset by allegations of racism against its MPs, Councillors and candidates. It’s also clear that only rarely do such instances — even when particularly offensive — result in the person being expelled from the Party. The cases include Tory elected representatives using racist abuse like “Pakis”, “pikies”, and “piccaninnies” — as well as several antiSemitic or Islamophobic remarks. But most appear to have been allowed to continue their membership and even to represent the Conservative Party. Back in 2001 Andrew Lansley MP complained of “endemic racism” in the Conservative Party. In January 2015 a former aide to both Margaret Thatcher and John Major described the Conservative Party as “essentially racist”. Just recently, lifetime Tory voter and Daily Mail columnist Peter Oborne described Zac Goldsmith’s Islamophobic London mayoral campaign as the “most repulsive I have ever seen”.

2018-04-13 15:46:30

In August 2011, Tory Dover Councillor Bob Frost described people involved in the riots as “jungle bunnies”. He lost his job as a Maths teacher, but the Conservative Party only suspended him for two months, readmitting him in November 2011. In 2014, he referred to the prospective Middle Eastern buyers of Dover port as “sons of camel drivers”. No disciplinary action was taken and Tory MP Charlie Elphicke defended him, saying “I think the Labour Party is trying to victimise Cllr Frost.” In May 2015, Cllr Frost was in trouble again for tweeting that a Big Issue seller should “f**k off back to Romania”. He was suspended pending investigation.

2018-04-13 16:43:31

Is it only me that's thinking if a party has to sign up to an agreement in order to behave, there's something wrong? Surely they don't have to be told how to behave? But then, as Momentum Harlow has pointed out, some Tories actually do need help. Calling an agenda Respect at least shows they have a sense of humour. From a party whose grinding austerity agenda has led to the deaths of over 100,000 people, no less. Where was the respect for them? While we're on the subject, I have been subjected to outrageous personal attacks on Your Harlow by some of the councillors that have signed up to this pledge as well as their activists. Will that stop now they've been told how to act? Don't bet on it. No doubt some will accuse me of disrespect for this comment. Like I'm not supposed to care about mothers being unable to feed their kids. Like I'm not supposed to care about the rise in homelessness, hate crime and poverty. Antifa is short for anti-fascist. Anyone else would think that's a good thing.

2018-04-13 20:25:59

Where was the respect for the coal mining industry, where great swathes of communities across the country (though not in Tory heartlands) were cast down by pit closures and made unemployment black spots riddled with crime, alcoholism and drug addiction? Where was the respect for students when university fees were tripled and initiatives to get the poorer kids into higher education were scrapped under this government? Where was the respect for new mothers at the disadvantaged end of the scale with no "nanny" to palm their kids off to, when the Tories closed Sure Start centres? Where was the respect for people on benefits, many using them to add to their earnings while working multiple jobs, when Universal Discredit was rammed through leading to delays and people in the most desperate of circumstances being cut off altogether? Where was the respect for the disabled, who have had their living allowances cut leading some to consider and actually commit suicide? Where was the respect for the NHS, with the unwanted, unnecessary top down reorganisation of the health service that the Tories promised wouldn't happen? Where was the respect for our vital emergency services, teachers and public sector workers, subject to a pay freeze that left people in the brave and honourable occupations of fire fighting and nursing having to rely on food banks? I could go on and on and on. A leopard can't change its spots.

2018-04-14 10:04:11

Meantime ww3 begins:

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