Electoral Commission ‘failed to probe crooked Lib Dem donor’ – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2014 in elections, fraud, maladministration, news, ombudsmen, political parties by tracey

‘The Electoral Commission is refusing to apologise after a watchdog ruled it had failed to properly investigate a Lib Dem donor later convicted of fraud.’

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BBC news, 17th July 2014

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Should prisoners have the right to vote? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 1st, 2014 in elections, human rights, news, prisons, select committees, treaties by sally

‘Since 1969 no convicted prisoner in the UK has been allowed to vote. This prohibition was imposed, without debate, by the Representation of the People Act 1969. For two years before that there was no statutory bar to prisoners voting by post, albeit that there were, in many cases, administrative restrictions that prevented them from doing so.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th June 2014

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European Parliament Election 2014: Don’t take selfies in the polling station or you could face prison time – The Independent

Posted May 23rd, 2014 in elections, fines, news, photography, sentencing by sally

‘The selfie, the self-taken photograph and scourge of 21st century discourse, is now enough of a thing that the Electoral Commission has felt the need to issue a warning to those voting in the European Parliament and local elections that taking one in a polling booth could result in hefty fines or prison time.’

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The Independent, 22nd May 2014

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Rules on party political slogans to change amid Rigby row – BBC News

Posted May 8th, 2014 in elections, news, political parties by tracey

‘Rules on the description of political parties will be changed after criticism of the use of a slogan referring to murdered soldier Lee Rigby. The Electoral Commission has apologised to his family for allowing Britain First to put “Remember Lee Rigby” on voting slips in European elections. The watchdog said the use of his name had caused “deep offence and distress”.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2014

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Why unelected judges should get our vote: reflections on Lord Neuberger’s Law Lecture – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 19th, 2014 in EC law, elections, judiciary, news, parliament, rule of law by tracey

‘In his Cambridge Freshfield Lecture, Lord Neuberger gave a number of reasons, historical, geographical and emotional, for the view expressed in the Daily Mail and other newspapers that, “it is unacceptable for unelected judges to impose a diktat on a democratically elected parliament”. He said that this was a “peculiarly British” view, aimed particularly at the rulings on EU law by judges in Luxembourg and on human rights by judges in Strasbourg. But I am not going to write about that. No, what troubles me about Lord Neuberger’s citation from the Daily Mail is the complaint about rulings (diktats) being made by “unelected judges”.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th March 2014

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Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014

Posted March 14th, 2014 in elections, legislation, Northern Ireland, political parties by tracey

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 published

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Meg Russell: The Byles/Steel bill – unless amended – holds grave dangers for the Lords – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On Friday 28 February Dan Byles’ Private Member’s Bill on Lords reform completed its Commons passage. It is now in the Lords, and will be sponsored by David Steel. The bill, which allows retirement from the Lords and expulsion of non-attendees and serious criminals, has been presented as a small, uncontroversial “housekeeping” measure. But as already argued in an earlier blog post, as currently drafted it would in fact introduce a very major change that would alter the Lords fundamentally, and in very undesirable ways.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 6th March 2014

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Ukip must be treated like any major party, Ofcom rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 4th, 2014 in elections, media, news, ombudsmen, political parties by sally

‘Nigel Farage’s party must be given the same coverage as the Tories, Labour and the Liberal Democrats in the run up to the European elections, the regulator says.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th March 2014

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Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014

Posted January 31st, 2014 in elections, legislation, lobbying, third parties, trade unions by sally

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 published

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Association de médiation sociale v Union locale des syndicats CGT (Union départementale CGT des Bouches-du-Rhône and another intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted January 17th, 2014 in EC law, elections, law reports, trade unions by sally

Association de médiation sociale v Union locale des syndicats CGT (Union départementale CGT des Bouches-du-Rhône and another intervening) (Case C-176/12); [2014] WLR (D) 2

‘Article 27 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, by itself or in conjunction with the provisions of Parliament and Council Directive 2002/14/EC, could not be invoked in a dispute between individuals in order to disapply national provision.’

WLR Daily, 15th January 2014

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Voter proof of identity should be mandatory, says election watchdog – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2014 in elections, identification, identity fraud, news by sally

‘Voters should be required to show proof of identity at polling stations, the UK election watchdog has said in a report that has been welcomed by the government. The Electoral Commission has concluded that a further tightening of the rules is necessary to restore public confidence following fears of ballot-rigging. At present, voters do not need to produce ID or even a polling card to vote as long as they have registered and know their address.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2014

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No rational basis for denying all prisoners the vote, concludes joint Parliamentary Committee – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 19th, 2013 in bills, elections, human rights, news, prisons, reports by tracey

‘The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill today published its report.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th December 2013

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Prisoners serving less than a year should be allowed to vote, says Parliamentary committee – The Independent

Posted December 18th, 2013 in bills, elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘Prisoners serving sentences of 12 months or less should be given the vote, the Government is today told by an all-party parliamentary committee.’

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The Independent, 18th December 2013

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Prisoners ‘damn well shouldn’t’ be given right to vote, says David Cameron – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2013 in compensation, EC law, elections, freedom of movement, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘Prisoners “damn well shouldn’t” be given the right to vote, David Cameron said as he called for the powers of European court of human rights to be restricted.’

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The Guardian, 13th December 2013

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Short Cuts – London Review of Books

Posted December 12th, 2013 in bills, charities, elections, lobbying, news by sally

‘The Lobbying Bill – due to complete the Lords committee stage before Christmas – is intended ‘to ensure that people know whose interests are being represented by consultant lobbyists who make representations to government’. Part One provides that lobbyists must disclose the names of their clients four times a year in a public register; there will be a registrar to enforce compliance, and sanctions for non-compliance. This should make ministers more cautious about promoting policies that favour special interests, and should make special interest groups more cautious in their dealings with ministers. Those who want to engage in this type of lobbying, and can afford it, can properly be expected to bear the costs of regulation.’

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London Review of Books, 19th December 2013

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Senior judge: European court of human rights undermining democratic process – The Guardian

‘The European court of human rights exceeds its legitimate powers, usurps the role of politicians and “undermines the democratic process”, one of the UK’s most senior judges has warned.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2013

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Miranda, Prisoner Votes & Judicial Review Myths – The Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

“This week, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill took evidence , and there were notable comments from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the body which monitors compliance with the European Court of Human Rights. Meanwhile, Baroness Hale weighed in on the proposed judicial review changes and, continuing along the judicial review vein, David Miranda (pictured) began his claim on Wednesday.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th November 2013

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West Midlands PCC Bob Jones criticises role – BBC News

Posted November 11th, 2013 in elections, news, police, statistics by michael

“West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has criticised the posts, saying they have done nothing for police accountability.”

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BBC News, 10th November 2013

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Dominic Grieve: Every prisoner in Britain could sue for damages over voting ban – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2013 in bills, damages, elections, human rights, news, prisons, treaties by tracey

“Tens of thousands of prisoners could be in line for compensation because they have been denied their ‘human right’ to vote, the Attorney General has warned. Dominic Grieve warned that all 85,000 prisoners in England and Wales could lodge claims with the European Court of Human Rights if they are barred from vote at the next election, costing taxpayers more than £60 million.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2013

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Threats to modern democracy – why the UK should take note – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 29th, 2013 in constitutional law, elections, human rights, news, political parties by sally

“Recent events in the US have made us all aware of the essential vulnerability of modern political and economic systems. For a while it seemed as though the most powerful economy in the world was heading towards self-destruction, owing to the failure of a small number of senior politicians to reach a consensus that would avoid such an outcome. Now that disaster has been at least temporarily averted, it seems appropriate to try to analyse how this situation arose.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 28th October 2013

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