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Stoke election result upheld

Stoke’s The Sentinel newspaper reports the latest in the case of an election won by one vote with one ballot apparently missing:

The public inquiry, which began on Monday, looked into why 742 postal vote envelopes were counted before election night, of which 26 were rejected, leaving 716, but only 715 were accounted for after the official count.

The petition was rejected by electoral commissioner Richard Mawrey, who said it had led to cumulative costs of six figures for both parties.

He said the “missing” vote could be explained by mistakes in the recording of information on the records.

“They seem to be

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Hearing starts into the case of the missing Stoke ballot paper

From The Sentinel newspaper:

A PUBLIC inquiry has opened into whether a Stoke-on-Trent City Council election was held according to the law…

In October, Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey counted the ballot papers behind closed doors and ruled a public hearing would have to take place in Stoke-on-Trent. The two-day inquiry began at Hanley Town Hall yesterday.

Ms Maley, of Eaton Street, Northwood, lost out to Liberal Democrat candidate Dave Sutton after several recounts – by just one vote…

It has previously been discovered that 742 postal vote envelopes were counted before election night, of which 26 were rejected, leaving 716. But only 715 were

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Councillors in the news: Barnet and Stoke

Via Liberal England we have:

Golders Green Tory Christopher Harris has been travelling Down Under since July on an “extended holiday” but has still managed to hang on to his job.

Despite being 10,000 miles away in a country with a 10-hour time difference, Cllr Harris is still claiming more than £800 a month in a council allowance to serve residents.

And then via Pits’n’Pots:

Mike Barnes’s future as Labour Group Leader hangs in the balance as the party’s National Executive have placed him under ‘administrative suspension’ with immediate effect.

Yesterday, Mike Barnes admitted to impersonating someone from this website to try

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Stoke update

A quick update from LocalGov as I’ve blogged on the story before:

The police will not be charging former Stoke Mayor, Mark Meredith, and two other men with corruption after the Crown Prosecution Service said there was not enough evidence to make a case.

Mr Meredith, who no longer holds a role at the council following a change in its political system, had been arrested along with former portfolio holder for childrens services, Roger Ibbs and local business man Mo Chaudry.

After consulting lawyers, the council’s external legal advisors approached Staffordshire Police in November last year to investigate a number of allegations

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Labour Mayor quits, sort of, following corruption probe

Stoke-on-Trent Mayor Mark Meredith has been arrested and questioned as part of the police investigation into plans to close the splash pool in Burslem. The closure plans were defeated in June 2008 after vigorous public protests.

The Sentinel reports:

The 43-year-old has stepped down from all his major political roles as he fights to clear his name over what he calls “unfounded and politically motivated” allegations against him.

But he is still working on key housing, sport and leisure policies for Stoke-on-Trent.

Mr Meredith had been questioned by police on Friday after being arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office and complicity

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Councillor arrested in corruption probe

The BBC reports:

A Staffordshire councillor has been arrested on suspicion of corruption in public office.

Roger Ibbs, leader of the Conservative and Independent alliance at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, was arrested on Friday, the council confirmed.

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