Guidance for candidates in elections
Political debate and discussion underpins our democratic process. The freedom to engage in debate and disagree with others is a key component of public life.
Sometimes, it can go too far. When it does, it may lead to harassment, intimidation or
threatening behaviour and, in some circumstances, may constitute criminal offences.
A guide has been jointly produced by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), Crown
Prosecution Service (CPS), College of Policing and the Electoral Commission to help candidates respond to intimidatory behaviour.