Conservatives by one of their 'Battle Buses' in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

Conservatives by one of their ‘Battle Buses’ in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

There has been an overwhelming response after This Writer offered to launch a petition calling for last year’s general election to be declared void.

Evidence of wholesale electoral fraud by the Conservative Party has come to light. It seems clear David Cameron bought his way back into Downing Street.

That is not acceptable to the British public.

But I’ve done a bit of digging and it seems the proper way to go about this is to launch a legal action known as an election petition. This could cost around £5,500!

The Representation of the People Act 1983 (RPA 1983) and the Election Petition Rules 1960 (the 1960 Rules) set out the process, which the Electoral Commission describes as “detailed and complex”.

There is clear evidence that “corrupt or illegal practices … so extensively prevailed in an election that they may reasonably be supposed to have affected the result”.

Election petitions are heard in open court (without a jury) and the judge may declare another person elected as well as declaring an election void.

But there is a problem: Nobody has ever declared the result of a general election to be void nationwide.

I have written to the Electoral Commission for clarification on the best course of action, especially considering the timescale involved, and will keep you informed about the result.

An investigation into alleged Conservative party electoral fraud in the run-up to the 2015 general election just gained serious momentum. The Conservative party has acknowledged the explosive new revelations and have, in part, tried to dismiss them as an “error”.

But the case for fraud is compelling, as the new evidence suggests that there was illegal campaign spending in more than 20 of the seats won by the Tories. And if these allegations hold water the fallout could destroy the party’s slim majority in parliament, and remove the Conservatives from power.

The Conservative party is already facing a probe by the Electoral Commission for overspending by thousands of pounds in by-elections in 2014. But the startling new discovery by Channel 4 News relates to the Tories’ much lauded 2015 BattleBus, which scuttled activists around the country in the lead-up to the general election.

In the UK, there are strict rules governing campaign spending. There is also a marked distinction between spending on a national and a local level.

The BattleBus costs were declared on the party’s national return, according to a Conservative spokesperson. But Channel 4 News has revealed that there is ample evidence the BattleBus occupants were canvassing on the ground for the party’s local candidates. In which case the money spent on this campaigning should have been declared on local returns, and would have pushed many constituencies over the legal funding limit.

The evidence includes pictures of the BattleBus activists promoting local candidate’s literature in constituencies. It also features social media posts which explicitly state they were campaigning for the local candidate.

Additionally, there is proof of direct instruction from senior party officials to advocate the local candidate when speaking to voters, such as this suggested script that was given to activists.

Source: If this is the Tories’ excuse for major election fraud, they’re in serious trouble | The Canary

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