The internal and external threats to the integrity of our elections have intensified, but the regulator responsible does not appear to have upped its game in response.
Will it be bad news for democracy in Tower Hamlets in 2018? The old tactics of toxic allegations in anonymous leaflets are being seen again.
The Crown Prosecution Service and the police are still failing to uphold democracy in Tower Hamlets.
Call 0800 555 111 – or use the online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org, where you won’t have to give your personal details.
This pledge follows alarming evidence that democracy was undermined in Tower Hamlets.
Plus: UKIP abandons the field against Remain Tories. A bike-riding Minister isn’t canvassing. And: Michael Crick should apologise.
Plus: Dealing with news of terror attacks as a radio host. Was it really necessary to send Steve Uncles to prison. And: Jacqui Smith and Sky – its goodbye from me and its goodbye from her.
What possible reason could Labour have to vigorously oppose anti-fraud measures?
If it is good enough for internal Labour selections then why not for council and General Elections?
There will now be a by-election in the Whitechapel Ward. But will the police ensure that it is free and fair?
There is a huge amount of work to be done to restore and defend our democracy.
Sir Eric’s proposals are a welcome first step towards restoring trust in the ballot box, but photographic evidence is the essential gold standard.
The rules not only need to be updated but also to be enforced.
We at the Electoral Commission take this crime very seriously. It is thankfully rare, but even one case is too many.
Ghost electorates will no longer boost the number of Labour constituencies.