We Need To Talk About… Prisoner Voting – RightsInfo

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘One of the most heated debates over the role of the European Court of Human Rights, and its relationship with the UK, is the issue of prisoner voting.’

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RightsInfo, 20th July 2016

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MPs reject bill to change Britain’s voting system to proportional representation – The Independent

Posted July 21st, 2016 in bills, constitutional reform, elections, news, parliament by tracey

‘MPs have rejected a bill that would have changed Britain’s voting system to a form of proportional representation.’

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The Independent, 20th July 2016

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Jonathan Morgan: A Brexit General Election? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 11th, 2016 in constitutional law, EC law, elections, news, referendums, treaties by sally

‘Alea jacta est said Caesar, having crossed the Rubicon and burned his bridges. The Brexit referendum appears equally momentous and irreversible. But is it? There have been calls for Parliament simply to ignore the outcome. A fresh general election should be called to resolve the mounting constitutional crisis.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 9th July 2016

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Regina (Shindler and another) v Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and another – WLR Daily

Regina (Shindler and another) v Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and another [2016] EWCA Civ 469

‘The claimants were British nationals who, exercising their rights of free movement, had moved to European Union member states in the 1980s and remained living respectively in Italy and Belgium. They were not entitled to vote in the European Union referendum by section 2 of the European Union Referendum Act 2015 since they had last been registered to vote in a United Kingdom election more than 15 years ago. The 2015 Act adopted the franchise for United Kingdom parliamentary elections, including the 15-year rule. The claimants sought judicial review, claiming that the 15-year rule constituted a restriction on their rights of free movement which was not objectively justified, by way of a declaration that section 2 of the 2015 Act was incompatible with their directly effective European Union law rights. Article 50(1) of the EU Treaty provided that any member state could withdraw from the European Union in accordance with its own constitutional arrangements. The Divisional Court granted permission to proceed but refused the claim, holding that (i) section 2 of the 2015 Act fell within the scope of European Union law so that their rights of free movement were in principle engaged; (ii) section 2 was not a restriction on their rights of free movement; (iii) if section 2 were such a restriction, it was objectively justified as a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate objective, namely of testing the strength of a British citizen’s links with the United Kingdom over a significant period of time; and (iv) the claimants were not disentitled to a remedy on account of delay.’

WLR Daily, 20th May 2016

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EU referendum: Two Britons lose EU vote legal bid – BBC News

Posted May 20th, 2016 in domicile, elections, freedom of movement, news, referendums, time limits by tracey

‘Two Britons living abroad have lost their Court of Appeal battle over the right to vote in June’s EU referendum.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2016

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Conservatives receive High Court challenge to hand over election spending information – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 13th, 2016 in disclosure, elections, expenses, news, political parties by tracey

‘The Conservatives are being taken to court over claims they failed to disclose information related to its investigation into claims that it breached election spending rules.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th May 2016

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Ex-pats challenge to the EU referendum voting rules – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Schindler and MacLennan v. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] EWHC 957, Divisional Court 28 April 2016. An interesting, albeit unsuccessful, challenge to the rule which prohibits expatriates who were last registered to vote in the UK more than 15 years ago from voting in the forthcoming referendum on EU membership.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th April 2016

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British expats lose legal battle for right to vote in EU referendum – The Guardian

‘The high court has rejected an attempt to force the government to grant millions of UK citizens living abroad a vote in this June’s EU referendum.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2016

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EU referendum: Leave.EU abandons legal challenge – BBC News

Posted April 15th, 2016 in elections, news, political parties, referendums by tracey

‘A proposed legal challenge to the Electoral Commission’s decision to make Vote Leave the official Out campaign in the EU referendum has been abandoned.’

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BBC News, 14th April 2016

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Leave.EU to launch legal challenge against Electoral Commission decision to promote rival Out campaign – The Independent

Posted April 14th, 2016 in elections, news, political parties, referendums by sally

‘One of the groups campaigning to leave the European Union has said it will launch a legal challenge against a decision to designate its rival as the official Out campaign.’

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The Independent, 13th April 2016

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High Court declares town council ward election void over nomination issues – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 7th, 2016 in documents, elections, local government, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has held the election of three town councillors in Cheshire to be void after it emerged that their nominations were defective.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th April 2016

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Met Police decision to drop Tower Hamlets electoral fraud investigation branded ‘utter disgrace’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 17th, 2016 in corruption, elections, evidence, fraud, local government, London, news, police by tracey

‘Scotland Yard has dropped its investigation into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets after finding “insufficient evidence that criminal offences had been committed”. Detectives launched the probe after Lutfur Rahman, the borough’s former mayor, was found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices by a judge following a High Court hearing.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2016

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Information watchdog slaps MP with £5k penalty over nuisance calling Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 11th, 2016 in elections, fines, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘A London MP, David Lammy, has been hit with a £5,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office after he instigated the making of 35,629 calls over two days.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th March 2016

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Theresa May feared creating police commissioner ‘monster’ – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2016 in crime, elections, local government, news, police by tracey

‘Home Secretary Theresa May has admitted fearing she had created a “monster” by setting up police and crime commissioners in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2016

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A single legal framework for UK elections – Law Commission

Posted February 4th, 2016 in elections, Law Commission, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The UK needs a new, modern and rational legal framework to govern the conduct of elections and referendums, according to an interim report published today by the three Law Commissions of the UK.’

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Law Commission, 4th February 2016

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Publisher of The Daily Telegraph fined £30,000 for general election email campaign – RPC Data and Privacy Law

Posted January 4th, 2016 in elections, electronic mail, fines, media, news, privacy by sally

‘On 15 December 2015 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued Telegraph Media Group Limited (the Telegraph) with a Monetary Penalty Notice (see here) under section 55A of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998) following a “serious contravention” of Regulation 22 of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (PECR 2003).’

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RPC Data and Privacy Law, 30th December 2015

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Lords reject attempt to lower EU referendum voting age to 16 – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2015 in children, elections, news, parliament, referendums by sally

‘Sixteen- and 17-year-olds will not be given the vote in the the planned EU referendum, after peers succumbed to a government demand and voted to reject an extension of the franchise.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2015

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MPs overturn Lords bid to ​give 16- and​​ 17-year-olds right to vote – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2015 in bills, EC law, elections, news, parliament, referendums, young persons by sally

‘Labour lords are preparing to defy the House of Commons after it blocked their proposals to let 16- and 17-year-olds vote in the EU referendum.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2015

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Acts and Omissions of Returning Officer – Local Government Law

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in elections, local government, news by tracey

‘The two issues raised by the Local Government Election Petition in Baxter v Fear [2015] EWHC 3136 (QB) were described by the Court as “important and novel”.’

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Local Government Law, 3rd December 2015

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CJEU ruling on prisoner voting – open door for successful UK challenge? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 9th, 2015 in EC law, elections, France, news, prisons, proportionality by tracey

‘Delvigne (Judgment), [2015] EUECJ C-650/13. In a judgment much anticipated on both sides of the Channel, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) has held that French restrictions on the eligibility of prisoners to vote are lawful under EU law.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th October 2015

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