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The Standards Commission is an independent body whose purpose is to encourage high ethical standards in public life through the promotion and enforcement of Codes of Conduct for councillors and those appointed to the boards of devolved public bodies.

Letters to Political Parties

26th June 2024

The Standards Commission and the Ethical Standards Commissioner (ESC) have sent a joint letter to all political parties in Scotland, in advance of the General Election on 4 July 2024, inviting them to help to promote the Councillors’ Code and encourage awareness of its provisions and, in particular, the ones that require councillors to treat each other with courtesy and respect and to refrain at all times from engaging in conduct that would constitute bullying and/or harassment.

The ESC and Standards Commission noted that while the forthcoming election could lead to more robust political debate, it was hoped that a distinction would be drawn between such robust debate and overt personal criticism and abuse.