My social media policy aims to ensure that all constituents of the Redditch County Constituency are able to interact with me as their Member of Parliament in a way that is compatible with democratic principles, politeness and good manners.
Unfortunately, there are some who wish to abuse my social media accounts for their own purposes and even as an MP I have a right to protect myself from harassment, abuse and must also guard against attempts to undermine democracy.
I am also a Conservative MP, which means I have a party political viewpoint that not everyone will agree with. Some will disagree with my positions very vehemently. However, it is important to remember that my social media accounts/pages are my platform, owned and operated by me and/or my team, to express my positions along with the views and position(s) of my party in addition to communicating with residents as a whole about what the government is doing for them, what my party proposes, and the work that I am carrying out as the local MP.
There are two advertising accounts that support my Page on Facebook. One is funded by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) which funds advertising when the post contains information that is useful to residents as a whole regardless of how they vote as part of democratic engagement and a means to inform my constituents what I am doing for them. The other advertising account is funded by Redditch County Conservative Association which funds advertising when a post contains party political messaging. No public money is spent on party political messaging and promotions.
I try to interact with comments left on my social media accounts as much as I can, but please remember these platforms are not an appropriate place to raise casework issues or matters that need an in-depth response or analysis. Comments cannot replace emails – for instance I cannot forward your comment to a government minister for a response like I can with an email, so sometimes it is better to put your question/comment into an email to me on email@example.com so you can get a full and proper response.
There are some ‘ground rules’ when it comes to managing the community around my social media accounts. These are not extensive and can be updated at any time as new situations and issues emerge.
If you have been blocked from posting comments on my social media accounts and would like to understand why please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss how to move forwards.