It’s been a very busy few days for ConservativeHome and the site has become further established as the leading place where Tory supporters come together to receive Conservative news and to debate the direction of the party.

As ConservativeHome continues to grow Sam Coates and I are conscious of the need to ensure that we are fair to all of the people in the party whose policies and reputations we discuss.  Comment moderation on parts of the site is one of the protections we offer but we need to do much more.  This is particularly important as the site expands. 

In the next few days we’ll be unveiling plans to cover local government on a daily basis and we then hope to introduce a daily report from Parliament.  These are all steps towards our long-term aim of providing the most comprehensive and interactive coverage of the Conservative Party and conservatism.

We are setting up a seven person board to oversee ConservativeHome.  The board, to be chaired by Stephan Shakespeare, will have three main functions:

  1. To represent MPs, candidates or other individuals who have a complaint about ConservativeHome.  The board will have the power to publish its investigation into the complaint – however critical it is of the ConservativeHome team.
  2. To ensure that ConservativeHome products such as the monthly survey of members are conducted with professional integrity.
  3. To advise on the editorial direction of the site.

Three of the board members will be appointees of the editorial team but will, we hope, be sufficiently well known that they will be respected.  Three of the board members will be elected by ConservativeHome readers.  You might like to be one of those board members and please get in touch if you are interested.  Stephan will be the seventh member.

Please use this thread to discuss how you think this proposal would work best.

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