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Posted by Mark Pack

There are elections today for the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, London Mayor and Assembly, Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales, and also in many council elections across England.

If you have an election in your patch, here is the key voting information – and scroll to the bottom for what to do AFTER you have voted.

Voting in person

  • Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm today. One small change since the last general election: being in a queue to vote at 10pm is now ok and you will still be allowed to cast your vote.
  • You don’t need your polling card to vote.
  • You have to vote at your local polling station, which is indicated on the card. If you’ve lost your card and aren’t sure where to vote, you can contact your local council.
  • In some places there are also local council elections being held, so you may be given more than one ballot paper. If you do, check the voting instructions carefully as they may vary between the ballot papers. For example, in many areas you can vote for up to three local councillors but only one MP.

Voting by post

  • Make sure all the paperwork is completed and put inside the (outer) sealed envelope.
  • Don’t confuse your date of birth with today’s date when filling in the paperwork – this is one of the st common reasons for postal votes to be rejected.
  • Postal ballots can be handed in at polling stations up to 10pm today. Don’t assume posting will work – in some places the Royal Mail may collect and deliver postal ballots posted on polling day in time but there’s a big risk your postal ballot will be too late and so won’t count. It is best if you return the paperwork to a polling station yourself, but if you can’t make it you can ask someone else you trust to take the sealed envelope to a polling station for you. Your local council may also be willing to collect the paperwork – local practice varies.

Other tips

  • If a last minute medical emergency prevents you going to vote, you have until 5pm today to apply for an emergency proxy so that someone else can vote on your behalf. Contact your local council ASAP to arrange this.
  • One point I’ve almost never heard anyone raise* but really, thinking about it, lots of people should ask: it is safe to use the pencils in the voting booths: they are not ordinary pencils, but special indelible pencils – so don’t worry, no-one can erase and alter your vote if use the pencil.

Once you’ve voted…

There’s no better way to encourage someone to vote, and vote Liberal Democrat, than if they see that their friends have also done so. A quick tweet or Facebook update will do the trick:

(Remember to create and send your own message rather than resharing someone else’s – as that might run into legal problem with the ban on publishing details of how other people have voted before the polls close.)

* The one exception being conspiracy theories over the use of pencils in the Scottish independence referendum.

Good luck today!

May. 5th, 2016 05:21 am
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Posted by Antony Hook

lib dem rosettes

Everyone in the UK has at least one election today.

Scotland, Wales, London and Northern Ireland are elected their devolved legislatures, and a mayor in London.

Large parts of England, particularly unitary authorities have local elections.

England & Wales are electing Police & Crime Commissioners.

Liberal Democrat campaigners have been working hard for all these elections.

A year ago, some people said the party was finished.  There is still a long way to go to build the Liberal Democrat party that Britain needs today. But in the last 12 months our candidates and campaigners have shown that we are still here.

Good luck everyone!  Have a good polling day and a good count!

* Antony Hook was #2 on the South East European list in 2014, is the English Party's representative on the Federal Executive and produces this sites EU Referendum Roundup.

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May. 4th, 2016 10:07 pm
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Tonight’s cards!

Halloween Tarot: 10 of Imps (10 of Wands for any traditionalists around here.)



Vintage Wisdom Oracle: Truth

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Posted by David Herdson

Westmster from Dales office

Two heartland seats: two more Oldhams?

There are two parliamentary by-elections tomorrow. Normally, this would be cause for a good deal of media interest: it’s rare for two or more by-elections to take place on the same day (only the tenth occasion since 1997). However, the sheer quantity of other contests occurring has relegated what ought to be routine holds for Labour in Ogmore and in Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough so far down the pecking order as to be near-invisible.

And they ought to be very comfortable holds. These are the epitome of heartland seats. Not only has Ogmore returned Labour MPs at every election since the constituency was created in 1918 but never has the Labour candidate received less than half the vote (other than the four occasions when no vote took place because Labour was returned unopposed, between the wars). The Sheffield seat is of more recent vintage but both it and its predecessors have also returned Labour MPs since 1935, with Harry Harpham winning 56.6% in 2015.

So nothing to worry about for Labour then? You would assume not given the complete lack of noise from any potential insurgent party. UKIP, who might be best placed to mount a challenge, have their hands full at the moment focussing on the Welsh Assembly, the EU Referendum and internal conflict. UKIP were a clear second in Sheffield B&H in 2015 with slightly more than double the Conservative share, but still more than 30% back. Their starting point in Ogmore – third, just behind the Conservatives and close to 40% behind Labour – is even less prospitious.

Oldham West & Royton has no doubt tempered thoughts of a shock. There, UKIP was talked up only for Labour to then romp home. Despite Labour’s bad week, and the concerns of Corbyn’s Labour not necessarily being those of industrial Yorkshire or the Valleys of Wales, the red flag should continue to fly high there.

What of the other parties? The Lib Dems lost their deposit in both seats in 2015 and must be at risk of doing so again given the state of the opinion polls. The Conservatives shouldn’t fall that low but with no government at stake and with a potential pro-UKIP tactical squeeze it would be a surprise if either seat returned a double-digit vote share. UKIP will hope to finish second in both, and should do so. The unremarkableness of that expectation is a measure of how far they’ve progressed in five years.

But just as the campaigns have gone unnoticed, so, in all probability, will the results be blotted out by much more dramatic results elsewhere in the UK. Probably.

David Herdson



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May. 4th, 2016 05:14 pm
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Author Judith Tarr could use some help:
Right now I do not know how I'm going to feed the horses for the rest of the month. I have managed to scrape out enough to pay for the last load of hay (if that late check finally gets here), but once it's eaten, which it will be in about ten days, I don't know what I'm going to do. The farm will be gone by midsummer unless I find a steady source of sufficient income. I've been hustling like a hustling thing but so far with minimal results.

The market does not want either me or the horses. The horses are all old and therefore retired and unsalable, or else would require thousands of dollars' worth of training and show fees to have any sale value. No one can take them. The market is saturated with unwanted horses and the rescues are overloaded. I am over 60, hearing impaired (ergo, unable to use the phone), and with chronic fatigue syndrome which makes office or minimum-wage work difficult to impossible. And minimum wage would not support the animals, let alone me. All my income streams from backlist books, editing, writing, etc. have shrunk to a trickle or dried up. No one has booked a Camp in over a year.

I have had a few small things come through, but as with everything else, they've fallen short or failed to produce. I continue to push, and with the fiction writing regaining its old fluidity, I may manage to make something happen there. I've been urged to try an Indiegogo for a short novel, and I am closing in on that. (Indiegogo, unlike Kickstarter, offers an option that pays even if the goal is not met. The goal would be enough to cover mortgage, horses, and utilities for a month.) Since for the first time in my life I'm able to write more than one project at a time, that means I can continue to meet my obligation to backers of last November's Kickstarter for a science-fiction novel, and also write the novella (and short stories, too).

A friend suggested that I offer sponsorships for the horses. I feel weird about that, but they need to eat. What I would give in return is a little writeup about the horse being sponsored, with a digital album of pictures and a monthly update. And short fiction as it happens, if you are a reader with an interest.


See link for more details.

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May. 4th, 2016 05:56 pm
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Michael Swanwick discusses Farah Mendlesohn’s Rhetorics of Fantasy.
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From her LJ:


Right now I do not know how I'm going to feed the horses for the rest of the month. I have managed to scrape out enough to pay for the last load of hay (if that late check finally gets here), but once it's eaten, which it will be in about ten days, I don't know what I'm going to do. The farm will be gone by midsummer unless I find a steady source of sufficient income. I've been hustling like a hustling thing but so far with minimal results.

The market does not want either me or the horses. The horses are all old and therefore retired and unsalable, or else would require thousands of dollars' worth of training and show fees to have any sale value. No one can take them. The market is saturated with unwanted horses and the rescues are overloaded. I am over 60, hearing impaired (ergo, unable to use the phone), and with chronic fatigue syndrome which makes office or minimum-wage work difficult to impossible. And minimum wage would not support the animals, let alone me. All my income streams from backlist books, editing, writing, etc. have shrunk to a trickle or dried up. No one has booked a Camp in over a year.
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Posted by Mark Valladares

It would be fair to say that April wasn't a great month for the program - too many cooked breakfasts, meals that wouldn't normally get eaten, the usual complications of maintaining a healthy diet whilst travelling. So, the bad news first - I ended April where I began it. The good news - I ended April where I began it.

What this demonstrates is that, if I maintain my 10,000 steps regime, and eat sensibly otherwise, I can sustain the occasional holiday when I suspend the diet, which is very good news indeed.

And so, onwards and downwards, with any luck, as I have a month without travel to renew my focus. Wish me luck...

New Books and ARCs, 5/4/16

May. 4th, 2016 09:34 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

Another day, another stack of excellent recent and upcoming releases to show off to you. Tell which of these books excites you, down in the comments.


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Posted by Harry Hayfield

Some of the more choice local by-elections being held tomorrow

Tormohun on Torbay (Con defence)
Main Election: Mayoral Referendum
Result of council at last election (2015): Con 25, Lib Dem 7, Ind 3, UKIP 1 (Con majority of 14)
Result of ward at last election (2015): Emboldened denotes elected
Liberal Democrats 1,304, 1,067, 933 (25%)
Conservatives 1,289, 1,154, 1,125 (25%)
United Kingdom Independence Party 971, 909 (19%)
Labour 944, 662, 588 (18%)
Green Party 620, 511, 416 (12%)
Candidates duly nominated: Darren Cowell (Lab), Michelle Goodman (TUSC), Stephen Morley (Green), Nick Pentney (Lib Dem), Jackie Wakeham (Con), Steve Walsh (UKIP)

Up until 1997, Torbay could always be relied upon to elect a Conservative MP whether it was Charles Williams or Rupert Allason (aka Nigel West) but that all collapsed in 1997 when the Liberal Democrats gained the seat with a majority of just 12 votes and held it until the last election when naturally the Conservatives must have thought “Ah, normal service has been resumed”. Sadly though for the Conservatives that does not appear to have been the case, as demonstrated at the Clifton with Maidenway by-election last November when said defeated Lib Dem MP (Adrian Sanders) held the seat for the Liberal Democrats on a massive 27% swing from Conservative to Liberal Democrat and whilst clearly the Conservatives would still control the council, if the referendum were to pass and the Liberal Democrats nominated Mr. Sanders as their mayoral candidate I think a large number of Conservatives would wish the referendum had failed.

Mynyddbach on Swansea (Lab defence)
Main Election: Swansea East Assembly Constituency
Result of council at last election (2012): Lab 49, Lib Dem 12, Con 4, Swansea Ind 3, Ind 3, Rates 1 (Lab majority of 26)
Result of ward at last election (2012): Emboldened denotes elected
Labour 1,348, 1,321, 1,190 (62%)
Swansea Independents 683, 476 (19%)
Independent 699 (11%)
Conservatives 199, 135 (5%)
Liberal Democrat 215 (3%)
Candidates duly nominated: Shan Couch (Plaid), Mike Lewis (Lab), Patrick Morgan (Con), Ashley Wakeling (Ind), Charlene Webster (Lib Dem), Noel West (Swansea Independents)

The eastern side of Swansea has always been as safe as houses for Labour (having been represented by the party since 1922) so you might naturally think “Yawn, Lab HOLD, next!” however given the right set of circumstances some very strange things can happen in Swansea. In 2004, for instance Labour actually lost control of the council and in 2008 managed to lose even more support resulting in the Liberal Democrats offering a viable alternative coalition to the Labour administration that the Swansea Independents (with their eight councillors) could support, so don’t rule anything in or out when it comes to Swansea

Churchdown on Gloucestershire (Lib Dem defence)
Main Election: Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner
Result of council at last election (2013): Con 23, Lib Dem 14, Lab 9, UKIP 3, Ind 2, Green 1, People Against Bureaucracy 1
Result of ward at last election (2013): Lib Dem 1,439 (49%), Con 873 (30%), Lab 414 (14%), Green 227 (8%)
Candidates duly nominated: Graham Bocking (Con), Ed Buxton (Lab), Jack Williams (Lib Dem)

St. Paul’s on Tendring (UKIP defence)
Main Election: Essex Police and Crime Commissioner
Result of council at last election (2015): Con 23, UKIP 22, Ind 6, Lab 4, Rates 3, Lib Dem 1, Tendring First 1 (No Overall Control, Con short by 8)
Result of ward at last election (2015): Emboldened denotes elected
United Kingdom Independence Party 944, 760 (37%)
Conservatives 838, 611 (33%)
Tendring First 766, 754 (30%)
Candidates duly nominated: Chris Bird (Lab), William Hones (Ind), Danny Mayzes (Con), Jack Parsons (UKIP)

St. Neot’s, Eaton Socon and Eynesbury on Cambridgeshire (Ind defence)
Main Election: Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Result of council at last election (2013): Con 32, Lib Dem 14, UKIP 12, Lab 7, Ind 4 (No Overall Control, Con short by 3)
Result of ward at last election (2013): Emboldened denotes elected
Independents 1,311 , 1,141 (42%)
Conservatives 728, 710 (25%)
United Kingdom Independence Party 692, 470 (20%)
Labour 250, 209 (8%)
Liberal Democrats 162 (3%)
Green Party 126 (2%)
Candidates duly nominated: James Corley (Ind), Doctor Johnson (Lab), Simone Taylor (Ind), Karl Wainwright (Con)

The last PCC elections were a triumph for the “Do we have to?” party as turnout across the country was a staggeringly low 14.67% with the range of turnouts at the local areas from as low as 8.14% in Barrow and Furness to as high as 34.52% in Corby (but then the small matter of a parliamentary by-election did help matters) and who won those elections, well in a manner of speaking nobody. Both the Conservatives and Labour tied on 111 local area wins each and in terms of actual PCC’s elected with 16 Conservatives, 13 Labour and 12 Independents of various hues no one could claim to have a majority of them. This time however things are bound to change with everyone taking part (Con, Lab, Lib Dem, Plaid, Green, UKIP and the myriad of Independents) which means that the poor electors of these three by-elections will have to deal with two different methods of voting on the same day. So what effect could this have? For instance could we see in Churchdown the number of rejected ballots exceed not only the majority for the winner but the winning candidates actual tally? In St. Paul’s (in one of the most Eurosceptic parts of the country) will the Independent gain the seat from UKIP because people mark the wrong ballot paper? And in St. Neot’s, with two Independents standing could there be such a mix-up that the returning officer announces that to be sure everyone knows what actually happened, they’ll do it all over again in a few weeks time. Oh, what a wonder the polls in May can be!

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Posted by Mark Pack

Prosecutions of Conservative MPs for breaking election spending rules came a step closer today after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) issued this statement:

Following a constructive meeting with the police and Electoral Commission, it has been agreed that each relevant police force will consider what action to take.

This may include making an application to the court under s.176 of the Representations of the People Act 1983 to extend the time allowed to bring a prosecution.

As I wrote in How the Tories could lose their Parliamentary majority, courtesy of the police and the voters:

There are around 24 Conservative MPs in the firing line over these allegations (and then there’s the separate issue over Gavin Barwell).

If all this ends up in convictions, it could result in MPs being disqualified and a round of by-elections being held to elect new MPs for those constituencies. It would only take a small number of voters in a small number of by-elections to change their views from 2015 and see the Conservatives lose their majority in Parliament.

Given the bookies’ love of taking a flutter on whether Elvis Presley will be the next winning British Eurovision song contest entry, I wonder how long it will be before we can start placing bets on whether the Tories will lose their overall majority in Parliament before the scheduled 2020 general election?

HELP

May. 4th, 2016 04:09 pm
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I'm doing an email interview about Ninefox Gambit and one of the questions is this:
Which question about Ninefox Gambit do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!


Anyone have, er, ideas? I'm so stuck...

Howl

May. 4th, 2016 09:50 pm
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Very good piece by Andrew Hickey on why we can't take having good things for granted.

http://mindlessones.com/2016/05/04/howl/

Snigger

May. 4th, 2016 08:17 pm
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Posted by Tim Worstall

Richard Murphy says:
May 4 2016 at 3:54 pm
But how do you know they verify them?

And why – this is an open ledger, or so I am told. So why is verification needed?

Because the mining is the verification?

Err:

So you confirm the credit is not recorded

OK then – tell me who owns it in that case

Because I promise you it exists – and don’t give me the BS about mining – that’s an economic charade in my view. No one needs to ‘mine’ to make this system work: it’s just a silly game and not remotely related to any economic fundamental. Someone gains from this process outside the system denying the capital it needs to be sustainable – who is it?

And then we get this gorgeousness:

Richard Murphy says:
May 3 2016 at 7:21 pm
Fiat money is backed by capital

It is? Umm, so, what’s that word “fiat” doing in there? And this is lovely:

Richard Murphy says:
May 3 2016 at 5:31 pm
I am sorry, but you are just wrong

The double entry for gold creation is:

What? We’re creating gold now?

And then this as the most gorgeous misunderstanding of the entire point:

James g says:
May 3 2016 at 9:58 pm
I think your argument is: money must be credit. Bitcoin is not credit. Therefore bitcoin can’t work as money.

The solution is that money doesn’t have to be credit. It can be a commodity. Problem solved. Payments then become as simple as transferring ownership of the commodity. This is how money worked throughout history.

Richard Murphy says:
May 4 2016 at 5:11 am
Tally sticks are sn unlikely feature of a modern economy

But that’s pretty much what the ledger is, tally sticks. And the argument is about whether they might be a useful addition to the modern economy.

[ObMeme] 100 female sf/f novel

May. 4th, 2016 02:25 pm
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By way of [personal profile] sputnikhearts.

Cut for length.

Read more... )

25/100, which is actually not bad for me considering how weak my sf/f reading has been lately.
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Posted by Caron Lindsay

Caroline Pidgeon is spending the last day of campaigning for the Mayoral Election out in Putney with Nick Clegg

LBC has a list of ten ways London would change if she were Mayor.

1) £20 from your council tax will be used to build new houses
The Olympic precept will be maintained, but the money turned to building 50,000 council homes to rent and 150,000 for sale.

2) Tube fares before 7.30am will be half-price
The Lib Dems promise to “introduce half price fares for Tube, Overground rail and DLR travellers before 7.30am – to reduce the cost of travel for thousands of hard-working Londoners and ease peak congestion.”

3) All London’s buses and taxis will become fully electric
A Lib Dem plan is to switch London’s buses and taxis to be fully electric as well as helping to switch commercial vans too.

4) Empty houses and spaces above shops will be turned into housing
Caroline Pidgeon wants to “bring empty homes in London back into use as affordable housing”.

5) Solar panels will be put on 200,000 rooftops
London has a lot of rooftops and the Lib Dems want to create electricity with them. They are hoping to increase the solar power in London ten-fold.

6) Night buses will stop on request where you want them to
Ms Pidgeon plans to trial a scheme to allow night buses to stop on request closer to passengers’ final destinations, rather than at fixed bus stops, to protect passenger safety.

7) The Congestion Charge will get bigger and more expensive
“The base charge will be increased to £14 with an additional charge of £6 for entering the zone in peak times”, while they diesels will have to pay £2.50 more. They also want to create a Congestion Charge Zone around Heathrow Airport.

8) There will be free wifi on buses and at bus stops
We’ve got wifi on the tube. Now we’ll get it on buses and at bus stops.

9) Large parts of Central London will be pedestrian only
The Lib Dems are planning to “”implement a bold plan” to allow pedestrianisation of parts of central London, from Trafalgar Square up to Oxford Street.

10) Make planes out of London bigger
Instead of building a new runway, they plan to use larger aircraft instead to increase the capacity.

How they managed to forget her ambitious plans for childcare, I have no idea. Or her plans for 3000 more Police. You can find out details of all her plans in her manifesto here.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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Posted by Tim Farron MP

In October 2015 I used my first PMQ as leader to urge David Cameron to give a home to 3,000 vulnerable unaccompanied children who had fled war and persecution and were now in Europe. Save the Children, who launched the campaign, had calculated that 3,000 was the UK’s ‘fair share’ of the 26,000 unaccompanied children estimated to have arrived in Europe since the start of the refugee crisis. Six months on and with the numbers of unaccompanied children in Europe having skyrocketed to 90,000 the Government has finally capitulated in principle to take some children from Europe.What started as a Liberal Democrat led campaign in Parliament has drawn cross party support – including from the Government’s own backbenches and today we should rightly congratulate all of those who have worked tirelessly on this campaign.

But I am clear that whilst this is a victory it certainly isn’t the end of the story.

The Government has a long history of announcing things and then failing to deliver. For example, in January of this year it announced that the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner would visit the hotspots in Greece and Italy to assess the conditions there; today we discover that he hasn’t yet made that trip.

So you will understand when I say that, given the very broad brushstrokes of the Government’s announcement today, I won’t be holding my breath.

If the Government ultimately only offers tens or hundreds of places rather than the thousands we have all campaigned for it will be a betrayal of the public and Parliament. They will argue that they are taking the lead from local authorities, but I am clear that it is the Government that should offer leadership.

David Cameron must make it clear that he will fully fund local authorities who step up to the plate and offer sanctuary to these vulnerable kids. When I hosted the roundtable with experts, including those from local government, it was clear to me that councils didn’t feel confident stepping forward when there was no clear outline from central government about funding arrangements.

David Cameron must also clarify what status he will offer these children.

It would not be right to take them and then leave them in limbo with a huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over their heads that they might be deported when they reach 18.

They have been through enough already. Of course, many will want to return to their country of origin when the situation allows, but we must offer them a home for as long as they need it. In the Blueprint I launched last month I was clear that indefinite leave to remain was the gold standard but at the very minimum these kids must be offered humanitarian protection.

Finally, it is yet to be determined how the Government will select these children. I have always been clear that those children who are unaccompanied in Europe but have family relations in the UK should be offered sanctuary quickly. However, there are plenty of children who are unaccompanied, vulnerable and at risk and the Government should set out how they will support them.

The saying ‘better late than never’ comes to mind today, but in this case it is a bittersweet victory. In the six months it has taken the Government to act many vulnerable unaccompanied children will have fallen into the hands of traffickers, sold into sex work or forced labour.

Some of the children I met on my visits to Calais, Lesbos and Northern Greece may have already vanished.

The Government must now act quickly to make up for lost time.

* Tim Farron is Leader of the Liberal Democrats, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale and a former President of the Liberal Democrats.

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Posted by Mark Pack

From Fareham comes this news:

Leaflets were distributed by the Lib Dems in the Fareham East ward, promoting the party’s candidates Katrina Trott and Maryam Brady.

A complaint was made to the police as the leaflets did not have imprints on the first or last pages, as required by law under the Representation of the People Act.

A police spokesman said they would not be pursuing the matter as ‘it is not in the public interest to do so at this time.’ They said the candidates had been contacted and given advice on the requirements for publications.

It’s worth quoting the College of Policing’s official guidance on imprints, highlighting the points about establishing whether a breach of the imprint rules is deliberate and whether it is a one-off:

Investigating imprint allegations

If a report is made to the police regarding an imprint offence, the following steps should be taken:

  • obtain and check the original material to establish whether there has been a breach of the local imprint rules
  • make a record of the allegation for future reference and for reporting incidents of alleged electoral malpractice to the Electoral Commission
  • check to see whether this is a repeat offence by a particular candidate or local non-party campaigner
  • check to see whether there are other allegations being made about this candidate or local non-party campaigner
  • if this is a repeat offence or connected to another offence, consideration of whether it should be investigated and a full report submitted to the CPS.

Be aware that most breaches of local imprint rules are committed because of ignorance of the legislation rather than intent to avoid identification.

Police response to an allegation of a breach of imprint rules

If it appears that the breach has been committed out of ignorance and there was no intention to commit further offences, depending upon the force it may be possible to deal with the allegation by means of an advice letter to the candidate or local non-party campaigner. Advice should be sought from the CPS if there is any uncertainty regarding how to deal with an allegation.

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