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'Setting the Standard' blog from the Committee on Standards in Public Life

9th July 2024

The Standards Commission welcomes the recent, timely blog from the Committee on Standards in Public Life, which reiterates the importance of the key principles of public life and adherence by politicians to their Codes of Conduct.

 The Committee notes that, “Lord Nolan’s principles - Honesty, Openness, Objectivity, Selflessness, Integrity, Accountability and Leadership - represent the standards that the public expects those in public life to operate by on their behalf. They have stood the test of time and are the bedrock of a range of rules and codes of conduct”.

 “Following these principles doesn’t mean that the public will always like the decisions taken - or that the decisions made are perfect every time.  But it does give public office holders - and the public - a framework to consider whether their decisions and conduct are taken in the public interest rather than their own.”

 A copy of the blog and information on the Committee’s work can be found on its website.