Facts Matter

CILIP Member Networks supporting Facts Matter

About the campaign

The General Election is the biggest decision the UK will make this year. Previous public votes have clearly shown the urgent need for reliable facts in political debate and the importance of reliable information and evidence for democratic decision-making.

Our Facts matter campaign for the General Election asks political parties and candidates to endorse the vital role of facts and evidence in public life. We're calling on parties and candidates and to take a public pledge that ‘Facts matter’ and to declare their commitment to running an evidence-based election campaign.

There is a growing movement to fight for evidence and facts in public life, which CILIP is proud to be part of. Facts matter is a vital opportunity to strengthen public trust in our political system and institutions. 


  • Party Manifestos

    We have been working hard to secure support for libraries and the wider information profession in party manifestos and other commitments. Get to know the manifestos and find out which parties include the role of libraries, knowledge and information in their vision for the UK.

  • Who has backed the Facts Matter pledge?

    Here are the political parties and candidates who have taken the Facts matter pledge.

  • Facts Matter infographic

    Facts Matter infographic

    Please help us to share this infographic developed by CILIP and the CILIP Information Literacy Group.

  • Facts Matter Back the pledge

    For supporters

    Write to your local electoral candidates, share the campaign and if you work in a library, sign it up to the Electoral Commission's Roll Call

  • Facts Matter Take the Pledge

    For candidates and political parties

    Show your support as a candidate or political party standing for election.

  • Facts matter: for an informed, prosperous and healthy society

    As librarians and information professionals we see through our work that facts matter and that evidence-based decisions are good decisions that save time and money, increase efficiency, improve safety and change lives.