On Thursday 2 May 2019, local council elections are being held in St Albans City & District. District Council elections are taking place throughout the whole district. The election period is expected to commence on Thursday 26 March (although it may start sooner).
Once in this 'purdah' period, there should be no political issues discussed on air at all.
Any presenter/ contributors who are standing for election must not appear on air and should make themselves known to me asap.
Finally, it is not acceptable for a candidate to appear on air even if they are talking about something else. Example: Mrs Smith is standing for election but has been booked to appear on Verulam in the Morning to talk about her new cookery book - this is not permitted and you will need to reschedule until after the election.
To be clear: do not discuss the May election at all, please.
In recent years, a number of community stations have found themselves in hot water (including financial sanctions) for getting this wrong; we will not be adding our name to the list!