When MacShane obligingly fell on his sword, Rothpol warned readers that this would be one of the dirtiest campaigns by labour at a by-election. We were not wrong. listed below are some of the dirty tricks, if a reader should know of other such examples, or have evidence appertaining to these issues, please leave a comment, or email, of course:
Telling non-english speakers, they could vote for Mahroof Hussain by voting labour.
Telling non-english speakers, that Sarah Champion was a Muslim convert.
Opponents meeting room bookings, cancelled at last minute.
Large ‘trolling’ operation by labour.
The ‘leaflet that never was’.
Undue influence and offers of inducements to secure labour votes.
Spurious complaints to police about non-existent offences. One where Jahangir Akhtar was informant and Shabana Ahmed the complainant?
Issues surrounding the count.
Questions about the integrity of the postal vote, which was extraordinarily high, at 64% of those on the electoral roll, 50.5% of those voting.
Bullying and intimidation of voters and others, in flagrant breach of election law.
A message from Yvonne:
If anyone reading this has been subjected to intimidation, fear or bullying because they showed support to Respect I would urge them to contact me immediately.
I can protect your identities but unless you come forward the thugs, bullies, corrupt and convicted criminals who think they run the town hall, will continue to make your lives a misery.
They are not above the law, nor do some senior police officers in the South Yorkshire Force give them unconditional support they think they have … quite the reverse.
At this stage I also want to point out that Sarah Champion, as far as I am aware, was not aware of the dirty tricks which propped up her campaign but she would be wise to distance herself from those odious, corrupt individuals whose bonds are now beginning to crumble.
The noose is closing but now is the time to step up to the plate and take me in to your confidence. Let me remind you of the possible consequences of the campaign directed against Respect: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/05/phil-woolas-ejected-parliament-election