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Pendle investigates claims of postal vote fraud

News via the BBC:

The council’s chief executive Stephen Barnes had written a letter to the Electoral Commission last year, saying allegations and perceptions of malpractice around postal voting “are seriously undermining public confidence in the whole electoral process”.

In the letter, the council cited examples of probable malpractice and the difficulties in taking action…

The leader of the borough council’s Labour Group, Councillor Mohammad Iqbal, said his party had won seats from the Conservatives fairly, adding: “There isn’t a problem in Pendle”…

The panel, consisting of cross-party councillors and representatives, will gather evidence at five public hearings across the borough.

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Tory councillor’s racist comments censured

Here’s what a Conservative borough councillor Smith Benson said at a public meeting in Colne, Pendle, last year:

The problem with Colne is that there are too many takeaways. And too many Pakis, that’s why people don’t come to Colne.”

His comment to the Colne town centre regeneration forum – and which he repeated in the meeting when asked to clarify his remarks – led Lib Dem councillor Tony Greaves to complain that Cllr Benson had breached the local authority’s code of conduct: this has been upheld, and the matter has now been referred to Pendle Council’s standards committee.

The BBC reports:

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  • User AvatarTsar Nicolas 20th Sep - 6:57pm
    If 16 year-olds are going to be given the vote, will they also be allowed to purchase alcohol and cigarettes?
  • User AvatarRoland 20th Sep - 6:48pm
    " So how exactly does a Tory dominated English assembly with the backup of UKIP benefit the Lib Dems ?" [Glenn 20th Sep '14 -...
  • User AvatarYorkshire Guidon 20th Sep - 6:35pm
    @Michael Kilpatrick What I really want is a directly elected, accountable, transparent assembly for Yorkshire with significant powers to make a difference to people's lives,...
  • User AvatarMartin Land 20th Sep - 6:27pm
    Now their's a surprise. Interesting that the medja constantly focus on LD losses in May, not on probable gains like this.
  • User AvatarT-J 20th Sep - 6:25pm
    @Michael Kilpatrick Well, I've only ever lived in areas with unitary authorities, first Peterborough and now Scotland. Obviously, the majority of English local governments should...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 20th Sep - 5:56pm
    Peter Tyzack, remember Nick is the minister responsible for "leading the government’s political and constitutional reform agenda." But as soon as there is something important...