MPs call for urgent electoral law to cover digital campaigning – The Guardian

‘The government must urgently legislate to ensure digital campaigning is covered by electoral law, rather than hoping Britain will not have a general election until 2022, a parliamentary committee has warned.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2019

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EU citizens’ voting rights: ministers accused of ‘shocking complacency’ – The Guardian

‘The government has been accused of “shocking complacency” over the European election voting rights controversy as new data revealed that as few as one in 10 EU citizens were able to cast their vote in some areas of Britain.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2019

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Broadcasters in legal bind over reporting on Tory crisis during election – The Guardian

‘Strict broadcasting laws place restrictions on coverage of politics during voting periods.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2019

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What are the rules for donating to UK political parties? – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2019 in budgets, elections, financial regulation, internet, news, political parties by sally

‘The Brexit party funding row shows how technology has outpaced electoral law.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2019

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Tommy Robinson: high court gives go-ahead for new contempt case – The Guardian

‘Two high court judges have said fresh proceedings can be brought against Tommy Robinson for alleged contempt of court over the filming of people involved in a criminal trial.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2019

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Sight impaired voters and the secret of the ballot box – UK Human Rights Blog

‘How can someone who suffers from severely limited sight avail herself of the process for making a mark on a paper ballot under the Representation of the People Act 1983?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th May 2019

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EU law does not compel UK to participate in European Parliament elections – Brexit Law

Posted April 1st, 2019 in brexit, EC law, elections, news by sally

‘Lord Anderson of Ipswich KBE QC, Marie Demetriou QC and Emma Mockford of Brick Court Chambers have today published an Opinion, along with two other QCs and Professor Piet Eeckhout, Dean of the Law Faculty at UCL, grappling with the controversial issue of whether the UK need hold European Parliamentary elections in the event that there is any further extension of Article 50 beyond April 2019.’

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Brexit Law, 28th March 2019

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Momentum fined £16,700 for ‘multiple electoral law breaches’ – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2019 in elections, fines, news, political parties by sally

‘The Labour-supporting Momentum group has been fined £16,700 for “multiple breaches of electoral law”, the Electoral Commission has said.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2019

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Parliamentary report set to savage ‘duplicitous’ Facebook – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2019 in competition, data protection, elections, internet, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself and must be subject to sweeping new legislation, a parliamentary report will announce on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2019

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Voter ID trials are dangerous. That’s why I’m taking the government to court – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2019 in elections, equality, identification, local government, news, pilot schemes, statistics by sally

‘In May, I will be asked to show ID to vote in local elections in Essex. This discriminatory plan risks undermining democracy.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2019

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Case Comment: R v Mackinlay & Ors [2018] UKSC 42 – UKSC Blog

Posted January 30th, 2019 in appeals, elections, expenses, gifts, news, statutory interpretation, Supreme Court by sally

‘This case relates to a point of statutory construction in the Representation of the People Act 1983, s 90C(1)(a). The question was whether goods, services, or facilities provided free-of-charge or at a discount to a candidate for election need to be declared by the candidate as an election expense even if they had not been authorised by the candidate, their election agent, or someone else authorised by the candidate or agent.’

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UKSC Blog, 29th January 2019

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Elizabeth Adams: Prisoners’ Voting Rights: Case Closed? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 30th, 2019 in elections, enfranchisement, human rights, news, prisons, Supreme Court by sally

‘On 6 December 2018, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe closed the supervision of the prisoners’ voting rights cases against the United Kingdom (UK) and adopted final resolution CM/ResDH(2018)467. Thirteen years after Hirst v United Kingdom (No.2) (2006) 42 EHRR 41 (Hirst) was made final, the protracted prisoner voting stalemate is over. Case closed. Or is it?’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 30th January 2019

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Should the UK be raising rather than lowering the voting age? – BBC News

Posted January 7th, 2019 in elections, electoral register, news, young persons by sally

‘It is 50 years since Harold Wilson’s government lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.’

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BBC News, 7th January 2019

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Resident crowd funds legal challenge to voter identification pilots – Local Government Lawyer

‘An Essex resident has set up a crowdfunding page to raise money for a legal challenge to the next round of voter identification pilots.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th December 2018

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High Court agrees to hear challenge over voting device for blind people – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 14th, 2018 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, elections, news by sally

‘The High Court has granted permission for a legal challenge brought by Rachael Andrews, who is blind, over the Government’s choice of device to enable blind people to vote without assistance.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th November 2018

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Electoral law: unfit for the 21st century? – Counsel

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in brexit, elections, human rights, Law Commission, news, referendums by sally

‘With democracy at risk there’s no excuse for legislative inaction, argue Alison Foster QC, Tom Tabori and Gethin Thomas who make the case for reform and put forward proposals for change.’

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Counsel, November 2018

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Firm ordered to deliver new costs bill to Tower Hamlets campaigner – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 7th, 2018 in corruption, costs, elections, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A London law firm has been ordered to present a new costs bill to a campaigner who led a legal battle to remove former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman in the latest action brought by an online fees-challenge service.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th September 2018

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British expats in EU launch Brexit legal challenge – The Guardian

‘British expatriates have launched a fresh legal challenge against the 2016 referendum, arguing that the result has been invalidated by the Electoral Commission’s ruling on leave campaign spending.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2018

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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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