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Purdah 22 March - 23 May 2019

Pre-election, or Purdah, restrictions on local government

Purdah is the term used to describe the pre-election period, between the time an election is announced and the date the election is held.  During that period central and local government are subject to certain restrictions. For local government, the restrictions relate to communications activity and are designed to ensure that councils cannot be accused of bias.

European Parliamentary Elections are scheduled to take place between 23 and 26 May 2019 across Europe, including the UK.* The pre-election, or Purdah period, for the EU Elections will therefore run until 10pm on Sunday 26 May 2019.

During Purdah we will:

  • Give no publicity to matters which are politically controversial
  • Make no reference to election candidates in our press releases or social media
  • Not issue photographs of candidates or hold press photo opportunities or launch events featuring any candidates
  • Not post on our social media platforms about any matters which are politically controversial
  • Remove any visitor posts on our social media which are politically controversial

For further information please contact the Communications team.

* The EU Elections are being held in the UK on Thursday 23 May 2019, however polls are being held in some EU countries up until 26 May 2019.  

Updated: 7 May 2019
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