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Police probe launched into anti-Lib Dem electoral fraud in Richmond

A couple of days ago Mary Reid, one of LibDemVoice’s day editors, reported the news of the fake election leaflets distributed in Richmond with the seeming intent of misleading voters about the views of local Lib Dems:

A number of local voters have admitted that they were taken in by the leaflets, decided not to vote Lib Dem as a result and voted Conservative in protest. This was a seat that we were hoping to take back from the Conservatives, but Jane Dodds lost by 146 votes.

The BBC now reports that the police are investigating the allegations of electoral …

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Mystery of fake leaflets in North Richmond

The leaflet below appears to be normal Lib Dem election literature. It was one of three distributed widely over night on May2nd/3rd for the council by-election in North Richmond, in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames. You may wonder why it is titled Comments instead of Focus, but that is what Lib Dems have always called their leaflets in Richmond.

Indeed, the layout and photos are exact copies of earlier Lib Dem election leaflets. The bar chart, grumble sheet and contact details all look authentic. The writing style is credible.

But a closer inspection reveals something very worrying. The main story …

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Richmond Lib Dems apologise for “liar liar pants on fire” website photo

The Hounslow Chronicle has the story:

The Liberal Democrat leader of Richmond Council has apologised after a photograph of a child swearing appeared on his party’s website.

The image was used following Serge Lourie’s decision to postpone the signing of a contract to develop Twickenham Riverside. It shows a young boy sticking up two fingers, alongside the caption ‘liar liar pants on fire’ and accompanies an article attacking the borough’s Conservative group and residents’ group Richmond United Group (RUG).

It claims they have spread lies about the controversial proposals, which include allowing developer Countryside to build 32 homes on the site of

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Tory councillors suspended: Tony Arbour and Bertha Joseph

In Richmond, it’s Conservative councillor and London Assembly member Tory Arbour who has been suspended for disclosing confidential information, whilst in Brent it is Conservative Mayor Bertha Joseph for misusing charitable donations by spending them on clothes for herself. Oops.

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Richmond Council pioneers green parking charges

Sky News reports:

A local authority in London has become the first in the world to charge motorists for parking on the basis of how “green” their vehicle is.

Richmond upon Thames is to charge drivers varying prices based on the carbon dioxide emissions of their vehicle of choice.

The system works for drivers who use the RingGo system to pay for their parking.

Motorists register and pay by phone, and RingGo accesses the DVLA database for each customer’s registration to determine emissions data on the car.

Those who drive gas-guzzlers will pay 25% above the standard rate while those who drive eco-friendly cars will

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Big public support for taxing 4x4s

4x4Liberal Democrat run Richmond Council generated quite a lot of media coverage recently for its plans to vary the costs of residents’ parking permits based on how polluting their vehicles are. Interesting then to see the latest poll finding from YouGov in The Telegraph:

72% said they would support “increasing the tax on large executive-style, estate and 4×4 vehicles” with 21% opposing.
(Fuller poll details are here.)

I wonder if The Telegraph will mention their own poll next time they talk about Lib Dem councils, green taxes and 4x4s … :-)

And this …

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