Tories face inquiry after voter data leaked – The Independent

Posted May 22nd, 2008 in data protection, elections, news by sally

“The Conservatives’ campaign in the Crewe and Nantwich by-election suffered an embarrassing last-minute setback when the party published the personal details of more than 8,000 voters.”

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The Independent, 22nd May 2008

Source: www.independen.co.uk

Watchdog censures health secretary over illegal donation – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2008 in elections, news, political parties by sally

“The cost of the Labour deputy leadership contest threatened to bring further embarrassment for the government today as it emerged that another cabinet minister has been reprimanded over an illegal donation.”

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The Guardian, 25th April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Harriet Harman will not face an inquiry into campaign donations – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 17th, 2008 in elections, news, political parties by sally

“Commons leader Harriet Harman will not face a police investigation into errors in reporting contributions to her deputy Labour leadership campaign, it has been revealed.”

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The Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Livingstone cleared on donations – BBC News

Posted March 28th, 2008 in elections, news, political parties by sally

“London Mayor Ken Livingstone has been cleared by the Electoral Commission of breaking the law on donations.”

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BBC News, 28th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ministers back radical plan for voting reform – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2008 in elections, news by sally

“A significant overhaul of electoral legislation to give voters a second vote, open polling stations at weekends and make it compulsory to participate is being proposed by the government to increase turnout and improve the legitimacy of the Commons.”

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The Guardian, 24th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lords’ membership cut considered – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2008 in constitutional law, elections, news, parliament by sally

“Membership of the House of Lords could be almost halved under proposals to replace peers with elected members.”

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BBC News, 20th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law allowing all-women shortlists extended – The Independent

Posted March 10th, 2008 in elections, news, parliament, women by sally

“All-women shortlists for selecting parliamentary candidates will remain legal until 2030 under new plans to help create a ‘critical mass’ of 200 female MPs.”

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The Independent, 7th March 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Podcast 40: Carl Gardner on Peter Hain, Terrorism, The EU Amendment Bill and the problems about the rule of law in Pakistan… – Charon QC

Posted January 28th, 2008 in EC law, elections, government departments, podcasts, terrorism by sally

“Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, author of the Head of Legal blog. Carl was a government lawyer for ten years specialising in Constitutional and EU Law issues. Now freelance, Carl has some useful views today about the Peter Hain resignation, the Police investigation, possible charges, the new Counter Terrorism proposals being debated in Parliament and he is keeping a watching brief on the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – the EU Treaty debate in The House of Commons.”

Podcast

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of Consilio.tv

Related link: Head of Legal blog

Parties miss legal deadline on gifts donations – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 26th, 2008 in elections, gifts, news, political parties, time limits by sally

“The Labour Party has repeatedly failed to declare donations totalling more than £2.8 million to electoral regulators within the legal time limit, it emerged last night.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th January 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

What the law says about political party donations – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2008 in elections, political parties, special report by sally

“The rules about declaring donations are set down in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. It covers parties and individual politicians, who are described as ‘regulated donees’ in the jargon of the act.”

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The Guardian, 24th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Commissioner of Police of Bermuda and Another v Bermuda Broadcasting Co Ltd and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted January 24th, 2008 in Bermuda, confidentiality, corruption, elections, law reports, public interest by sally

Commissioner of Police of Bermuda and Another v Bermuda Broadcasting Co Ltd and Others

Privy Council

“The public interest in the freedom of the media to disseminate information relating to those who submitted themselves for election as legislators overrode the public interest in maintaining the confidentiality of documents relating to a police investigation into allegations of corruption.”

The Times, 24th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication. 

UK vote system ‘open to fraud’ – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2008 in elections, identity fraud, news by sally

“It is ‘childishly simple’ to register bogus voters in UK elections, a human rights body’s investigation suggests.”

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BBC News, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Reluctant election trial witnesses ‘risking jail’ – The Times

Posted December 5th, 2007 in elections, news, witnesses by sally

“Five witnesses who refused to turn up for an election trial yesterday amid allegations they were scared of intimidation by Labour are to be warned by police to attend or risk jail.”

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The Times, 5th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Brown faces full police enquiry after admitting links to donor – The Times

Posted November 30th, 2007 in elections, news by sally

“Gordon Brown was facing a full police investigation into Labour’s donations scandal as his campaign team admitted yesterday that it had links with David Abrahams.”

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The Times, 30th November 2007

SOurce: www.timesonline.co.uk

Watt (formerly Carter) and Others v Ahsan – Times Law Reports

Posted November 27th, 2007 in elections, law reports, race discrimination by sally

Watt (formerly Carter) and Others v Ahsan

House of Lords

“An unsuccessful applicant for selection as a Labour Party candidate in local elections who alleged that the failure to select him had been motivated by racial discrimination should have brought his claim against the party under section 25 of the Race Relations Act 1976 in county court proceedings, but since an employment tribunal ruled that it had jurisdiction to hear the complaint under section 12 of that Act, the party could not claim that the tribunal did not have jurisdiction. ”

The Times, 27th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note: the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication

Watt (formerly Carter) v Ahsan – WLR Daily

Posted November 26th, 2007 in elections, law reports, race discrimination by sally

Watt (formerly Carter) v. Ahsan

An unsuccessful applicant for selection as a local election candidate who alleged that his party’s failure to select him had been motivated by racial discrimination should have brought his claim against the party under s 25 of the Race Relations Act 1976 in county court proceedings, but an employment tribunal having ruled that it had jurisdiction to hear the complaint under s 12 of the Act, the party was estopped from claiming that the tribunal did not have jurisdiction.”

WLR Daily, 23rd November

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please  note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Court to rule on tied election – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2007 in elections, news by sally

“The result of a local election in Burnley which ended with the winner being drawn by lots is to be decided by the High Court in London later.”

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BBC News, 21st September 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lords face full election under Brown plans – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2007 in elections, news, parliament by sally

“Gordon Brown is to unveil plans for a fully elected second chamber, based on proportional representation, the Guardian has learned. Mr Brown is likely to face strong opposition from members of the current House of Lords. In an effort to neutralise this, he will bring forward his proposals as part of a larger package of wide constitutional reform, based on a national consultation.”

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The Guardian, 21st May 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk