Liverpool Lib Dem leader stands down after electoral fraud allegations

Warren Bradley, leader of the Liberal Democrat group in Liverpool, has stood down as leader today after allegations about forgery on election paperwork for this May’s council elections.

As the Liverpool Echo reports,

His leadership was plunged into crisis after revelations today that he had witnessed an election nomination for his teenage son Daniel for the forthcoming local elections.

The candidate himself must also sign the form but the teenager has said he did not want to stand and that his own signature on the form is “a fake”.

The revelation leaves Cllr Bradley, 44, facing questions as to who he witnessed signing the official paper.

Warren Bradley himself said in an email statement,

I cannot say too much at this stage for obvious reasons, but to inform you I totally deny this allegation and am seeking legal advice to that end.

North West region Liberal Democrats are investigating the case to see if disciplinary action would be appropriate. The regional party said,

An incident was reported to the regional party and we have started an immediate investigation. We will continue to work with all the other authorities involved.

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9 Comments

  • Malcolm Todd 18th Apr '11 - 2:59pm

    Wow. New levels of bizarre and unbelievable.

  • The man has been a liability for years. I guess this is his swansong.

  • conservative 18th Apr '11 - 10:05pm

    odd that just a little while after he does after Clegg this happens…it seems that there is still fire in Lib Dem HQ after all.

  • Andrew Suffield 18th Apr '11 - 11:11pm

    odd that just a little while after he does after Clegg this happens…it seems that there is still fire in Lib Dem HQ after all.

    He made himself look like a dangerous idiot to everybody, not just the party HQ. Why give them credit for what was obviously a team effort?

  • @Andrew Page

    “But I’ve come to expect the bizarre as far as Liverpool in particular are concerned.”

    What exactly do you mean by that?

  • Oh dear me dropped in it by your own son, could it get much worse for him. Hopefully with a decent Council Group Leader Lib Dems in Liverpool can start to recover (ok maybe after May’s elections)

  • Foregone Conclusion 19th Apr '11 - 3:43pm

    Bradley only just survived a vote of no confidence against him as leader last May. A shame he couldn’t have gone then, this won’t do us any good in Liverpool in what was already going to be a very tough cycle for us there.

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