The chapter looks at the way media laws have regulated the conduct of election campaigns in the UK. While the media themselves are exempt from UK election spending rules, the systems of regulation applicable to the broadcast media have kept the costs of UK elections down and have structured the campaign debate. That is now changing given the increasing importance of campaign activity on the digital media, which is not currently subject equivalent media laws. The chapter will consider various ways that the standards protected in media law can be maintained in relation to the digital campaign and not lost through regulatory inertia.
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