Newcastle-under-Lyme election errors: Two officers suspended

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Two council officials have been suspended after almost 1,500 people were unable to vote in June’s general election in a constituency that saw the successful MP win by just 30 votes. Newcastle Borough Council chief executive John Sellgren and Elizabeth … Continue reading

Election expenses rears it’s head once more

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Tory chiefs accused of casting MPs adrift Tory MPs embroiled in controversy over 2015 General Election expenses have hit out at the party’s central office for “cocking up” and then casting them “adrift” as the row rumbles on. The Conservatives … Continue reading

Steve Uncles jailed after English Democrats regional leader submitted fake nomination forms

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A disgraced far-right activist has been jailed today for cheating the election system by submitting fraudulent nomination forms. English Democrats regional leader Steven Uncles used fictitious names such as Anna Cleves – a play on the name of Henry VIII’s … Continue reading

999: Election Expenses Emergency

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So far, 29 MPs are being investigated for their election expenses. An investigation by Channel 4 News has alleged that the MPs involved may have broken campaign spending limits. If these claims are true, their elections could be declared null … Continue reading

Police asked to investigate Conservative election letters

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Police asked to investigate Conservative election letters Police have been asked to investigate claims letters sent in David Cameron’s name led to a breach of election law. The former Liberal Democrat MP Adrian Sanders has demanded police take action. He … Continue reading

Elections, voting and electoral fraud

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Spotted for us today by Regular Reader, is this developing story. Elections, voting and electoral fraud An exploratory study focusing on British Pakistanis and Bangladeshis http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/181254/Elections-voting-and-election-fraud-Jan-2015.pdf Covered in the Guardian Parties exploit Asian networks for votes – Electoral Commission http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/28/tories-and-labour-exploit-asian-networks-to-win-votes

What’s legal, what’s not!

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Required reading for all democracy practitioners. Labour Party: Keep It Legal Briefing ACPO/Electoral Commission; Guidance on preventing and detecting electoral fraud. Electoral Commission; Code of conduct for campaigners.