If the mayoral election was decided on a candidate’s grasp of policy, there’s a good chance Caroline Pidgeon would win it. … Read the full post »
Zac Goldsmith was elected Conservative MP for Richmond Park in 2010, defeating Liberal Democrat Susan Kramer. He ran for London Mayor in 2016 and lost.
Liberal Democrat Newswire #77 came out earlier this week, with new data on the party’s selections for the 2015 general election and a look at which incumbency didn’t save more Lib Dem MPs in 2015. … Read the full post »
Yes to a right of recall when an MP is caught breaking rules, but no to the ability to abuse recall just because you don’t like their party and aren’t willing to respect the result of an election. … Read the full post »
New laws to allow voters to “recall” their MP and force a by-election have been published by the government. … Read the full post »
It’s always tempting to view the verdict of investigations through a partisan filter – if ‘your side’ does not get punished, it’s a great result by a wise team of investigators; if on the other hand it does get punished, it’s a muddle-headed verdict from dangerously ignorant investigators, whether that means the police, the courts or a regulator. … Read the full post »
Yesterday the Electoral Commission decided not to refer Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith’s 2010 general election expenses to the police for further investigation. … Read the full post »
Channel 4’s investigation with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism into MPs’ election expenses has raised questions about another five MPs in addition to Zac Goldsmith.
Having reviewed a complaint made about Zac Goldsmith’s election expenses, the Electoral Commission has decided there’s a strong enough case to warrant investigation. … Read the full post »
The allegations made against Zac Goldsmith highlight three areas of electoral law where the law leaves considerable latitude for interpretation and where the usual clarity that comes from an accumulation of case law is missing because of the paucity of cases that have considered the issues. … Read the full post »
We learnt that Conservative leader David Cameron likes bare elbows on television more than he likes George Osborne. … Read the full post »