Local and General Election Candidate Safety & Security

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

I am writing to respectfully access my rights in lieu of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and therefore make the following request:-

1. Please can you confirm whether you currently have any policy in which relates to the safety and security of parliamentary and local candidates in elections? If so, please provide a copy.

2. Details of the number of incidents reported to yourselves which relate to parliamentary or local candidates being assaulted or abused for the past three years? (This can include events relating to physical and non physical incidents).

3. Confirm whether the authority plans to provide advice and/or guidance on safety and security on which parliamentary or local candidates can access in the future?

4. Confirm that the authority takes it 'duty of care' towards local and parliamentary candidates seriously and if so provide details which confirm reasonable adjustments and/or steps have been taken to properly advise prospective candidates on such matters.

I look forward to hearing from you soon, and in any event no later than the prescribed 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Ryan Jarvis

Dalton, Chelsea, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Jarvis,

 

Thank you for your recent FOI request, submitted under the Freedom of
Information Act. Our response is as follows:

 

1. Please can you confirm whether you currently have any policy in which
relates to the safety and security of parliamentary and local candidates
in elections? If so, please provide a copy.

There is currently no policy in place.  However, we provide links to the
Electoral Commission's guidance for candidates and agents at all
elections.

 

2. Details of the number of incidents reported to yourselves which relate
to parliamentary or local candidates being assaulted or abused for the
past three years? (This can include events relating to physical and non
physical incidents). 

There have not been any reported incidents or accidents from parliamentary
or local candidates

 

3. Confirm whether the authority plans to provide advice and/or guidance
on safety and security on which parliamentary or local candidates can
access in the future?

After consultation with the Police, further information and leaflets
around this, including the Joint Guidance for Candidates at elections
which has been produced in conjunction with the Police, the Electoral
Commission, the CPS and the NPCC, will be provided to all candidates in
future. Our Health & Safety Team do offer training, information and advice
to elected members regarding safety and security.   

 

4. Confirm that the authority takes it 'duty of care' towards local and
parliamentary candidates seriously and if so provide details which confirm
reasonable adjustments and/or steps have been taken to properly advise
prospective candidates on such matters.

The authority takes its duty of care towards all candidates seriously and
will do whatever possible to assist them with any issues that may arise. 
We have regular meetings with the Police and have developed a Police
complaints form that is provided to candidates to log and record any types
of issues that they have at an election and this is reviewed after each
election.

 

I trust this information will assist you with your enquiries.

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Chelsea Dalton

Information Management Officer

Business Management

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 666 5201

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