Archive for Election law
Although the BBC got rather excitable in its coverage of Friday's legal defeat for ex-Labour MP Phil Woolas, talking about how the ruling, was set to have a major impact on how elections are run in the UK, the reality is rather more prosaic. The law which Woolas broke isn't new and nor has the case thrown up any significant precedent or previously overlooked aspects to it.
Details of how the Electoral Commission proposes to administer next May's referendum on the voting system (provided it passes Parliament) have emerged in a series of circulars issued by the Commission last week.
Ali Hayder Munir has received a three month jail sentence after admitting to two charges of faking proxy vote applications in the run up to the 2008 elections for Walsall Council.
1. The case has not set any significant legal precedent – there have been no important new definitions, clarifications or qualifications of the law relating to candidates making false statements. The law now is still the same as the law looked to be before this case started. 2. Unless an MP was elected in 2010 [...]
The Electoral Commission has fined one organisation and is set to also fine UNISON for failures to submit election expense returns on time.
Andrew Reeves is reporting that the police have decided not to take any further action after investigating Conservative MP David Mundell's election expenses.
It is nothing new for a government to be talking about improving electoral registration by matching data between different sources. What is different about Nick Clegg's comments on the subject, in a speech to the Hansard Society, is that the talk is now becoming specific, with pilot projects starting next year.
An investigation into the conduct of the general election by Wolverhampton Council has raised further doubts over how the election was administered.
A defeated candidate from the May 2010 general election is facing court action following claims he made false statements during the election.