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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Charity and Political Lobbying – Cloisters

Posted October 7th, 2015 in charities, elections, lobbying, news by sally

‘In England and Wales an organisation must satisfy the definition of charity under the Charities Act 2011 and must be established for charitable purposes only and subject to the control of the High Court in the exercise of its jurisdiction with respect to charities. There is a list of charitable purposes, which include matters such as the promotion of human rights, but it includes any purposes that may reasonably be regarded as analogous to, or within the spirit of, any of the purposes expressly set out in the Act. All charitable purposes must be for the public benefit.’

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Cloisters, 28th September 2015

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Ruvi Ziegler: The ‘Brexit’ Referendum: We Need to Talk about the (General Election) Franchise – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 7th, 2015 in bills, constitutional law, EC law, elections, news, referendums by sally

‘In its 27 May 2015 Queen’s speech, the Conservative government announced that ‘early legislation will be introduced to provide for an in/out referendum’. The following day, it introduced the European Union Referendum Bill, which passed its third reading in the House of Commons on 7 September 2015 (by 316 votes to 53). The second reading in the House of Lords is scheduled for 13 October 2015. Following the recommendation of the Electoral Commission, the initially proposed question: ‘Should the UK remain a member of the European Union?’ was replaced with an arguably more neutral question: ‘should the UK remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union’.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th October 2015

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EU court ruling favours UK prisoner vote ban – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2015 in EC law, elections, human rights, news, prisons, proportionality by sally

‘The UK’s ban on prisoners’ rights to vote looks set to continue after a ruling by the European Court of Justice on a case in France.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2015

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UK’s prisoner voting ban likely to be ruled illegal by EU court – The Guardian

Posted October 6th, 2015 in EC law, elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘Britain’s blanket ban on prisoners being allowed to vote is expected to be ruled unlawful on Tuesday morning by the EU’s highest court, challenging David Cameron’s long defiance of similar human rights rulings.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2015

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Eric Pickles to lead electoral fraud investigation into ‘rotten boroughs’ after Tower Hamlets scandal – The Independent

Posted August 14th, 2015 in corruption, elections, fraud, inquiries, news by tracey

‘An investigation into electoral fraud in “rotten boroughs” across the country is being launched in response to the Tower Hamlets corruption scandal. It will be led by the former Cabinet minister, Sir Eric Pickles, who was appointed the government’s anti-corruption tsar by David Cameron after the election.’

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The Independent, 13th August 2015

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High Court rejects attempt to unseat Nadine Dorries after legal documents sent to wrong address – The Independent

Posted July 31st, 2015 in documents, elections, harassment, news by sally

‘An attempt to unseat the Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has been thrown out by the High Court after two judges ruled that legal documents informing her of the action were sent to the wrong address.’

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The Independent, 30th July 2015

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Daily Telegraph censured by Ipso over false Nicola Sturgeon story – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2015 in codes of practice, complaints, elections, media, news, political parties by tracey

‘The Daily Telegraph has been censured by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) for publishing an inaccurate front page story about SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon during the election campaign.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2015

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Election ‘most disproportionate in history’ say campaigners – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in constitutional reform, elections, news, proportionality, reports by sally

‘The 2015 general election was the “most disproportionate in British history”, the Electoral Reform Society has said.’

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BBC News, 1st June 2015

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Lord Falconer: government must clean up assisted dying legal mess – The Guardian

‘Shadow justice secretary pushing private member’s bill that he hopes could reform a law he sees as no longer enforceable.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2015

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Britain’s archaic voting system is contributing to the break-up of the UK, report says – Independent

Posted June 1st, 2015 in elections, news, political parties by michael

The voting system used to elect MPs to Westminster is so dysfunctional it is hastening the break-up of the United Kingdom, according to a new report.

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Independent, 1st June 2015

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Brantley and others v Constituency Boundaries Commission and others – WLR Daily

Posted May 21st, 2015 in boundaries, constitutional law, elections, law reports, Privy Council by sally

Brantley and others v Constituency Boundaries Commission and others [2015] UKPC 21; [2015] WLR (D) 209

‘A proclamation signed by the Governor General authorising alteration of the constituency boundaries in the territories of St Christopher and Nevis was made, under section 119 of the Constitution, when it was published in the Official Gazette; and it came into force, pursuant to section 50(6) of the Constitution, on the next dissolution of Parliament after it was made. Therefore, where the Governor General had dissolved Parliament with effect from 16 January 2015 and fixed the election date for 16 February 2015, and, by proclamation published in the Official Gazette on 20 January, authorised alteration of the constituency boundaries, the proclamation, having been made after the dissolution of Parliament, if valid only came into force on the dissolution of the Parliament elected in February 2015 and did not govern the 2015 election.’

WLR Daily, 11th May 2015

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George Galloway launches legal challenge to his election defeat in Bradford West – The Independent

Posted May 11th, 2015 in complaints, elections, news, political parties by sally

‘Former MP George Galloway is to mount a legal challenge against his general election defeat, he has said.’

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The Independent, 11th May 2015

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Judge who disqualified Tower Hamlets mayor leads drive to reform election law – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2015 in complaints, elections, fraud, judges, local government, news by sally

‘The judge who disqualified Lutfur Rahman is one of the country’s leading electoral law practitioners and has handed down previous, scathing judgments resulting in councillors being removed from office.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2015

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