Purdah – 11 KBW

Posted November 7th, 2019 in codes of practice, elections, news, parliament by sally

‘“Purdah” is upon us. It lasts until 12 December 2019, only shortly before the Christmas/New Year break. It is as well to recall a case noted in this Bulletin on 11 May 2017, the decision of Garnham J in relation to the last General Election, on 8 June 2017, announced on 18 April 2017, and local government elections which were to take place on 4 May 2017, R (Client Earth) v SoS for Environment etc (2017) EWHC 1618 (Admin). The main point that the Judge made was that “purdah” is not a rule of law, and that it does not, and did not in that case, override obligations to comply with statutory duties.’

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11 KBW, 7th November 2019

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New Act – legislation.gov.uk

Posted November 5th, 2019 in elections, legislation, parliament by tracey

Early Parliamentary General Election Act 2019

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Domestic Abuse Bill Falls Ahead Of General Election – Rights Info

‘A landmark bill seeking to “transform” the UK’s response to the “terrible crime” of domestic abuse has fallen as Parliament prepares to dissolve ahead of the snap general election on 12 December.’

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Rights Info, 1st November 2019

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MoJ: No change to whiplash reform timetable – Legal Futures

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is continuing to work towards April 2020 to implement the whiplash reforms despite the upcoming election, it has confirmed.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2019

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What Is Voter ID And Is It Discriminatory? – Rights Info

Posted October 16th, 2019 in elections, equality, human rights, identification, identity fraud, news by sally

‘The government has announced controversial plans to force voters to bring photo ID with them to the polling station. The move has drawn criticism from MPs and campaigners who believe it will undermine thousands of people’s right to vote. So what is it and what’s at stake? Jodie Satterly explores.’

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Rights Info, 16th October 2019

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UK vulnerable to malicious meddling in election, warns study – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2019 in elections, fraud, internet, news, political parties, referendums by sally

‘Britain needs to take concerted action to reduce the risk of malicious actors in the UK and abroad from contaminating the results of a looming general election, according to a new study that warns of the risks of public “abuse and deception”.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2019

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Jeff King: The Prime Minister’s Constitutional Options after the Benn Act: Part II – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘This is the second of a two-part discussion of this theme. The first part addressed the obligations under the Benn Act and the legal response to attempts to frustrate it; this second part addresses non-confidence motions, resignation and change of Government. Heading numbering is continued from Part 1.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 10th October 2019

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Jeff King: The Prime Minister’s Constitutional Options after the Benn Act: Part I – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘This is the first of a two-part discussion of this theme. This first part addresses the obligations under the Benn Act and the legal response to attempts to frustrate it; the second part will address non-confidence motions, resignation and change of Government.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 9th October 2019

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Outdated law led to voting problems in EU elections – watchdog – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2019 in EC law, elections, enfranchisement, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The government’s failure to reform outdated legislation caused some EU citizens in the UK and British citizens overseas to lose their vote in the European elections in May, the Electoral Commission has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 8th October 2019

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Brexit: ‘No evidence’ of crimes by Leave.EU and Arron Banks – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2019 in brexit, elections, expenses, news, political parties, referendums by tracey

‘The National Crime Agency has found “no evidence” of criminal offences after allegations against Leave.EU and its founder Arron Banks.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2019

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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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