Leave.EU parts ways with Mishcon de Reya amid legal challenge – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2018 in elections, expenses, law firms, legal representation, news, referendums by sally

‘The elite London law firm Mishcon de Reya and Arron Banks’ pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign have parted ways in the midst of Leave.EU’s legal challenge to a ruling it broke electoral law, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2018

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Consultation on new offence of intimidating Parliamentary candidates and campaigners – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 31st, 2018 in consultations, elections, intimidation, news by sally

‘The government has launched a consultation on the introduction of a new offence in electoral law of intimidating Parliamentary candidates and party campaigners.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th July 2018

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Electoral Commission ‘accuses Vote Leave of breaking law’ – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2018 in elections, expenses, news, referendums, reports by sally

‘The elections watchdog has accused Vote Leave of illegal coordination with a student organisation, according to the campaign’s former chief executive, who took the extraordinary step of pre-empting the official investigation.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2018

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Political ads on social media must be transparent – Electoral Commission – BBC News

Posted June 26th, 2018 in advertising, elections, internet, news, political parties by sally

‘”Urgent” action is needed to make online political advertising more honest and transparent, the UK’s election watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2018

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Leave.EU fined £70k over breaches of electoral law – The Guardian

Posted May 11th, 2018 in elections, fines, loans, news, referendums by sally

‘Leave.EU has been fined £70,000 and its chief officer has been referred to the Metropolitan police after the Electoral Commission found it had breached multiple counts of electoral law during the referendum to leave the European Union.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2018

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England voter ID trial ‘a solution in search of a problem’ – The Guardian

Posted April 30th, 2018 in elections, identity fraud, news by tracey

‘Minister says new requirements counter ‘perception’ of electoral fraud as data shows problem is minimal.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2018

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Voter identity checks may discriminate against ethnic minority communities, watchdog says – The Independent

Posted April 23rd, 2018 in elections, identity fraud, minorities, news, race discrimination by tracey

‘Plans to force voters to show photo identification at polling stations may discriminate against people from ethnic minority communities, the equality watchdog has reportedly warned. The new rules – being trialled to prevent voter fraud – would also hit the young and old, those with disabilities and transgender people, the Equality and Human Rights Commission claims in a leaked letter to Cabinet Office minister David Lidington.’

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The Independent, 22nd April 2018

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Voter ID trials ‘risk disenfranchising vulnerable people’ – The Guardian

‘A group of more than 40 charities, campaign groups and academics have written to the government to warn that plans to trial compulsory voter ID at the local elections in May risk disenfranchising large numbers of vulnerable people.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2018

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Only one convicted over 2017 ‘double voting’ claims – BBC News

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in complaints, elections, fraud, news by tracey

‘Hundreds of complaints about alleged double voting in the 2017 UK general election resulted in only one conviction, according to police data.’

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BBC News, 2nd March 2018

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Lady Hale at the 2018 Pankhurst Lecture, University of Manchester – Supreme Court

Posted February 21st, 2018 in elections, judiciary, legal profession, parliament, sex discrimination, speeches, women by tracey

‘Lady Hale at the 2018 Pankhurst Lecture, University of Manchester.’

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Supreme Court, 8th February 2018

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Bob Spink handed suspended sentence over election fraud – BBC News

Posted January 8th, 2018 in community service, elections, fraud, news, suspended sentences by sally

‘An ex-Tory and UKIP MP has been given a suspended six-month prison term after being convicted of election fraud.’

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BBC News, 5th January 2018

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Ukip to face tribunal over use of data in EU referendum campaign – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2017 in elections, news, political parties, referendums, tribunals by sally

‘Ukip is to face a tribunal over its use of analytics during the EU referendum after refusing to cooperate with an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office.’

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The Guardian, 13th December 2017

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How the Prisoner Voting Debate Finally Came to a Close – Rights Info

Posted December 12th, 2017 in elections, electoral register, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘Former PM David Cameron once said that the thought of giving prisoners the vote made him feel “physically sick.” It was just one comment, but it’s reflective of just how emotive the debate over prisoner voting has been.’

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Rights Info, 12th December 2017

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Rights body endorses UK prisoner voting plan – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 8th, 2017 in elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘In a rare piece of European good news for the government this week, the 47-member Council of Europe has endorsed the UK’s action plan to resolve a simmering dispute over the ban on allowing prisoners to vote in elections.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th December 2017

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Brexit: Electoral Commission reopens probe into Vote Leave – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2017 in elections, news, political parties, referendums by sally

‘The Electoral Commission has reopened an investigation into Vote Leave’s EU referendum spending.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2017

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Calls to Lower Voting Age Sidelined – But is There a Human Rights Argument? – Rightsinfo

Posted November 6th, 2017 in bills, elections, enfranchisement, human rights, news, treaties by tracey

‘MPs in Westminster today debated proposals to lower the voting age across the UK to 16 – but could there be a human rights argument for this?’

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Rightsinfo, 3rd November 2017

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Secretary of State’s oral statement on sentencing – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in elections, imprisonment, parliament, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Rt Hon David Lidington MP, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, has today delivered an Oral Statement to the House of Commons.’

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd November 2017

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Human rights lawyer: prisoner votes plan is ‘cynical’ – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2017 in elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘A lawyer for prisoners seeking the vote has called leaked government plans to enfranchise some inmates a “cynical” attempt to do the minimum required.’

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BBC News, 30th October 2017

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Prisoners Will Finally Be Given The Vote, Say Reports – Rights Info

‘A limited number of prisoners will be allowed to vote ending the UK’s total ban on prisoners voting, according to reports.’

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Rights Info, 29th October 2017

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Government reportedly planning to allow some UK prisoners to vote – The Guardian

‘The UK government is reportedly to scrap its blanket ban on prisoners being allowed to vote, 12 years after the European court of human rights ruled that it was unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2017

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