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General Election 2017—campaigning and advertising

Published on: 30 May 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • General Election 2017—campaigning and advertising
  • What are the key legal issues for political parties when campaigning? How does the UK compare internationally with other countries for democratic rigour?
  • Are there any rules on TV and radio media coverage in the run up to a general election? How do these compare with other countries?
  • Is the semi-formal role of TV debates causing problems, as party leaders choose whether to opt in or out?
  • What role does Ofcom play in TV debates and how can a political party establish it has significant enough support to warrant appearance on a national debate?
  • Is there any regulatory oversight of campaign adverts from political parties?
  • Have there been any calls to change the rules in light of the controversy over the EU referendum campaign and media coverage?
  • Can election candidates sue for defamation if a statement or broadcast is likely to seriously hamper their reputation and result in financial loss or distress?

Article summary

Public Law analysis: Professor David Deacon of Loughborough University examines the primary legal issues regarding advertising and campaigning in general elections, and explores the role of regulation in maintaining the integrity of the democratic process. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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