Rules

  1. One account per person.
  2. Be civil. No personal attacks.
  3. Respect everyone's time. No spam.
  4. Abide by The Bell Principles

    We will:

    • abide wholeheartedly by the spirit and letter of the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by Lord Nolan in 1995: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
    • be guided by considered evidence, our real world experience and expertise, our constituencies and our consciences.
    • be free from the control of any political party, pressure group or whip.
    • be non-discriminatory, ethical and committed to pluralism.
    • make decisions transparently and openly at every stage and level of the political process, enabling people to see how decisions are made and the evidence on which they are based.
    • listen, consulting our communities constantly and innovatively.
    • treat political opponents with courtesy and respect, challenging them when we believe they are wrong, and agreeing with them when we believe they are right.
    • resist abuses of power and patronage and promote democracy at every level.
    • claim expenses, salaries and compensation openly so the public can judge the value for money of our activities.

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