Rules and guidelines

Pre-election publicity rules

In the six week run up to an election Councils have to very careful not to do or say anything that could seen in any way to support any political party or candidate. The restriction does not apply to local councillors. It means we make sure we don't post anything political, but also we'll be deleting any overtly party political comments we receive on our social media channels.


Most websites have their own rules and guidelines, which we will always follow. We reserve the right to remove any contributions that break the rules or guidelines, or any of the following:

  • Be civil, tasteful and relevant.
  • Do not post messages that are unlawful, libellous, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually-oriented or racially offensive.
  • Do not swear.
  • Do not post content copied from elsewhere, for which you do not own the copyright.
  • Do not post the same message, or very similar messages, more than once (also called "spamming").
  • Do not publicise your, or anyone else's, personal information, such as contact details.
  • Do not advertise products or services.
  • Do not impersonate someone else.
  • Do not troll.
  • Do not spread disinformation or misinformation. This includes anti-vaxx, QAnon and other tropes. We are committed to ensuring clear public health messaging.


Please take care not to make libellous statements. In law this means a statement that lowers the reputation of a person or organisation in the eyes of a reasonable person. By publishing such a statement we can both get into serious trouble. We will take down any statement that could be libellous.

E-Communications team

Address: PO Box 15
Council House
Earl Street