Readers have had their say after being asked if there should be more respect in politics.

Calls have been issued for more respect and civility in politics following a number incidents nationally surrounding councillors’ conduct and the murder of MP David Amess.

The National Association of Local Councils has formed a committee to explore the issue of respect and civility in regional politics, issuing guidance on what is expected of elected representatives.

And Mayor of Carlisle Pamela Birks has said that it is unfortunately something that is sorely needed.

The Labour mayor said: “I think politicians have got to start respecting each other as much as expecting the public to respect us as well.

“What happens in chambers isn’t often pleasant and it’s often personalised.”

The new Civility and Respect Working Group set up by NALC will co-ordinate a programme of work to promote civility and respect in public life, including good governance and positive debate.

They aim to tackle bullying, harassment and any form of discrimination be it based on a person’s race, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

A petition calling for legislation allowing councillors to be disqualified or suspended for poor conduct has recently closed with 11,454 signatures.

Here's what you, the readers, had to say.

Maureen James Barlow said: "There should be more respect EVERYWHERE, not just politics."

To the question of whether there should be more respect in politics, Margaret McEwan answered: "Yes."

The late Sir David Amess MP was tragically murdered in October whilst holding a surgery in his constituency of Southend.

His death has sparked calls to beef up the Online Harms Bill. Sir David expressed fury before his death at the abuse his colleagues, particularly female MPs, were being subjected to.

It has prompted a conversation about aggression towards politicians both online and in person.