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Lords committee to take evidence on transparency in political campaigns

The House of Lords Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies will next week take evidence on transparency and democratic resilience in political campaigns.

The Committee will hear from witnesses including Paddy McGuiness, former Deputy National Security Advisor as well as campaigning groups and think tanks including Privacy International, the Open Rights Group and the Royal United Services Institute. 

The evidence session will cover the extent of foreign interference in UK elections including the recent general election, whether foreign interference is aimed at specific goals or generally undermining faith in our institutions, how the role of regulators such as the Electoral Commission can be changed to better protect democracy and how we can better control the microtargeting of voters by political campaigners on social media.

The evidence sessions will start at 10:15am on Tuesday 4 February in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords. The full witness details are:

  • Mr Ben Scott, Director of Policy, Luminate
  • Ms Elisabeth Braw, Senior Research Fellow, Modern Deterrence Project, RUSI
  • Ms Lisa-Maria Neudert, Oxford Technology and Elections Commission
  • Mr Paddy McGuinness, Oxford Technology and Elections Commission


  • Mr Pascal Crowe, Data and Democracy Project Officer, Open Rights Group
  • Ms Ailidh Callendar, Legal Officer, Privacy International
  • Mr Jon Lloyd, Head of European Campaigns, Mozilla

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