She accepts the regulator has the last word, but says that “We were rule-compliant according to the legal advice we were given at that time”.
Posts Tagged: Electoral Commission
Cheryl Gillan: Fake news. Dark ads. Foreign interference – and out-of-date rules. Why we need an overhaul of our electoral laws.
If we do not update the rules governing our elections and referendums, their credibility faces a perfect storm of threats.
Peter Golds: Suspended councillors, polling station mobs…and demonic Smurfs. Yes, it’s election time again in Tower Hamlets.
In 1872 the secret ballot was introduced to prevent open voting. 137 years later, the United Kingdom cannot guarantee a secret ballot in our capital city.
Plus: Marion Little carries can for CCHQ – and many agents of all parties will think: “there but for the grace of God go I.” And: Am I creepy?
Our democracy is poorly served by widespread ignorance about campaign technology, and the fact glamorous alarmism wins more headlines than grubby reality.
Andrew Wood: The brave citizens who defeated electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets are faced with a huge legal bill
If the Cabinet Office won’t help defend democracy, why should ordinary citizens do it? The wrong signal is being sent out.
An effective umpire must command the confidence of both sides with regard to both its impartiality and its basic competence. At present, it doesn’t come close.
From ‘fake news’ to micro-targeting, crowd-funding to data rights, we explore the key areas of focus for an overdue review of the rules of our democracy.
Even Brexit supporters should support our impartial institutions, which have fined pro-Remain campaigners too.
I put my head above the parapet and campaigned for Brexit – the decision to penalise me appears vindictive, and threatens to harm our participatory democracy.
Plus: Those who worked with him at Vote Leave have a duty of care to Darren Grimes. And: Don’t try to out-stare Raab.
Following a series of concerning errors, it has now emerged the regulator’s ‘investigation’ into the Leave campaign did not involve actually interviewing any of those involved.
I’d relax the limits significantly if not totally, but insist on near real-time transparency from campaigns over their permitted donors.
Tim Bale: Why the real Conservative membership figure matters to the whole country – not just the party
Sooner or later, it will hold a leadership contest in which its members will actually get to decide the winner – and perhaps our next Prime Minister.
Claims that there is no case for them beyond the interests of the Conservative Party ring hollow in the face of the Electoral Commission’s support.