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Elections 2015 – our position (Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace)

April 7, 2015 | Nick Taylor

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace (the Foundation) is a registered charity no: 1048990

The Charity Commission issues guidance to charities preceding elections covering the period from announcement until the day of the election. This guidance sits alongside electoral law and key Acts of Parliament.

A full copy of the guidance can be viewed by clicking here.

The Foundation is an independent charity and conducts business as part of its charitable aims. The Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), is independent, does not take sides, undertakes work not aligned to any particular conflict, is not faith based, is not politically affiliated and campaigns only FOR PEACE.

This notice sets out how we are independent from party politics and the steps we take to ensure we do not become embroiled in such politics.

Policy

Our position FOR PEACE is an ‘independent’ stance although by definition it is not ‘neutral’ as we believe that whilst conflict is apparent in all walks of life – the use of violence to enforce ‘your will on others’ is not acceptable.

This is a position that may or may not be accepted by political parties but our campaign on this issue and our advocacy is an independent stance and in no way endorses or supports any political party or its policies.

Please note: we oppose extremism and some forms of politics can be seen as ‘extreme’ (e.g. far right) – our position is to challenge behaviours and attitudes that lead to extremism although any form of violent conflict including political violence is something we oppose and seek to change.

Publicity

In any publicity material we only draw attention to views on issues that relate to our objects or activities. We do not call on people to vote for one party or another. However, we will seek to influence public opinion on particular issues. We do not encourage support for any particular political party.

We do publish a manifesto. Click here to view. Our manifesto publicises what we campaign on and the changes we are calling for. Primarily our manifesto is raising public awareness of key issues and not to influence voter behaviour. We do not endorse any statements made by political parties when referencing our activities or manifesto.

We are not registered with the Electoral Commission as a third party as we do not undertake any form of campaigning that could be construed as offering support or opposition to any political party.

Parties and Candidates

We do not support or oppose a political party or candidate. We do not donate funds to political parties.

We invite candidates and political party representatives to engage with us at any time and to visit the Peace Centre. In particular we extend this invitation to all candidates in local constituencies. We do not associate with any particular candidate or political party.

Some members of our trustee board, patrons, employees and associates are members of political parties, candidates or even standing politicians. We do not assist or endorse any of them in these activities. They carry our this political activity in their personal capacity and should not use their position with the charity in any campaigning activity or in such a way as to suggest that the charity endorses a political party or candidate.

Any employee, associate or trustee who is directly engaged with one particular political party has to declare this and we will then consider any conflict of interest for the charity in terms of both reputation and legal liability of the person taking on both roles simultaneously.

Facilities

Our facilities are not required for any use under electoral law. Any candidate or political party can hire our premises at a commercial rate. The Foundation may refuse such a request if we believe a hire will alienate our beneficiaries or supporters – this is at our discretion and does not imply support or opposition to any candidate or political party.

Representations

If any person being a stakeholder of the Foundation, having read this position paper, Charity Commission guidance and/or electoral law and wishes to raise any issue they can do so first in writing to the Chief Executive via the contact us page or in writing to our postal address. They should clearly state their name, address and contact details and the nature of the enquiry. No anonymous representations will be accepted. The Chief Executive will consider and seek the trustees viewpoint if necessary and determine if any action is required.