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Conservative Party: Clean campaign pledge signed for by-election

Kashif Ali, Conservative candidate for the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election, and Chairman of the Conservative Party Baroness Warsi have both signed a clean campaign pledge for the upcoming election.

"Since the controversy regarding the General Election in Oldham East and Saddleworth, it’s more important than ever for politicians to fight the sort of campaigns that engage people rather than turn them off", said Kashif Ali.

"I hope that we can come together to say that this should be a clean and honest campaign. Signing this pledge will allow us to focus the debate on what really matters to people – issues of policy – rather than on unhelpful smears and personality politics. I urge the candidates from all other parties to sign up to this pledge to be straight with the people of Oldham East and Saddleworth."

Baroness Warsi added that "the last thing we need now is underhand behaviour in our election campaign" after everything that’s happened in the constituency.

"In Kashif Ali, we have a really great local candidate and I’m proud that he and I will be kick-starting our campaign by signing our Clean Contest Pledge."

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The full text of the pledge is below:

I, the undersigned, pledge in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election campaign:

  • To show by my actions that politics need not be a dirty game, but can be a clean and positive activity, engaged in genuinely for the good of all.
  • To tell the truth about what I stand for and have achieved, and about what others stand for and have achieved.
  • To refrain from personal attacks.
  • To make only honest and reasonable promises.
  • To fight a clean, positive and honest campaign around the issues that concern the people of Oldham East and Saddleworth.
  • To be honest about public spending, and not to scaremonger in ways that may frighten the most vulnerable members of our society, such as children and elderly people.

I encourage voters:

  • To expect from politicians decent and honest behaviour, as candidates and as their elected representatives.
  • To ask Parties operating in this by-election whether they have signed up to the Pledge or not, and, if not, to encourage them to do so.
  • And to help us enforce this Pledge, by reporting truthfully to us and to the media any apparent breaches of it.


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