Will proof of major election fraud end the Conservative Government?

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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48 thoughts on “Will proof of major election fraud end the Conservative Government?

  1. eve

    Id certainly chip in towards costs, I can think of a number of others that would happily do so too

      1. Tel ashley

        Have you thought of the alternatives? A labour government with a weak, pathetic leader, who will be happy to hand over the keys to this country to the EU! A labour government who thinks flying the country’s flag is racist! A labour government that left a note in the chancellors office stating “good luck we spent all the money” I’m not a tory by any means, I am a simple, hard working man, all I’m saying is, be careful what you wish for!!

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        If you’re not a Tory, then why are you trying to undermine Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition with all this nonsense?
        Your first suggestion is entirely your opinion. Labour doesn’t currently have a “weak, pathetic leader” – it has Jeremy Corbyn. Neither would Labour “hand over the keys… to the EU” – Corbyn is highly sceptical of the European Union. He supports our membership while we’re under a Tory government because it provides protection from the worst the Tories want to do; beyond that, I would not like to comment. I’d like to see your evidence for the claim that Labour think flying the Union Flag is racist. As for the note – to the new Chief Secretary to the Treasury, I seem to recall – it was a joke. Everybody knows more money comes in to the Treasury all the time.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        Keep reading the blog – or subscribe.
        Hopefully people at our level won’t have to do anything.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      That would not be my first choice. I want to see what the Electoral Commission has to say, first.
      Which is to say, I will if I have to, and if I can get help funding it.

      1. Franklin Percival

        I have just seen this on Facebook:-

        “If you live in an area where election fraud took place, please report it to your local police department (non-emergency line) as the electoral commission says that this is being considered a criminal matter and therefore beyond their purview, and should be investigated by local police.”

        Obviously I would want to see such a thing officially.

    1. Penny

      Is that £5,500 per MP, or for the whole thing? I’ll be writing to the police in each constituency to report a crime.

  2. Terry Davies

    Any body in the bristol area of Kingswood know if their MP committed electoral fraud in overspend to gain his seat.?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      He’s not on the list of 24 MPs that was originally drawn up by the Daily Mirror.
      Perhaps if you ask Channel 4 News?

  3. mohandeer

    I don’t think that the Conservatives will be required to abide by the law. The British legislature tends to favour the ruling elite and not the people. It may be possible to have the twenty seats that were bought illegally to be re-run or re-contested but that is as far as the Tories will allow. If those seats are overturned then the Conservatives will be in the minority, which should in theory and by law require Cameron to step down as Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn to take his place. Pigs might fly, Never in a month of Sundays and Hell will freeze over are phrases that come to mind. It does mean, though, that a Labour government is pretty much assured in 2020 – very few British citizens are likely to vote for a corrupt party such as the Conservatives have demonstrated themselves to be.
    As for previous post by Franklin Percival regarding the article he advised about:
    “If you live in an area where election fraud took place, please report it to your local police department (non-emergency line) as the electoral commission says that this is being considered a criminal matter and therefore beyond their purview, and should be investigated by local police.”
    hate to say it, but it sounds like the electoral commission consider the fraud a hot potato and don’t want to get involved. The police will drag their heels and the CPS will likely decline to prosecute. Effectively, it means that we are on a hiding to nothing and the people will not be afforded legal recourse. Someone prove me wrong – PLEASE! This is one instance when I hope my cynicism bites me in the butt.

    1. Florence

      The electoral commission isn’t avoiding getting involved, but there are laws that cover this, and it has to be started by a member of the public reporting the fraud to the police. The electoral commision will have to follow the letter of the law when / if the police find and compile evidence of the fraud.

      1. mohandeer

        hope so, haven’t seen much evidence of that with the ESA deaths/Paedophile scandals, so not holding my breath. Still a long way to go.

  4. Florence

    I think the MSM would be, at least in the case of Murdoch, on the side of the Tories, but would change if it looked like the Tories were losing. And that would of course depend on how the public reacts, which the MSM will try and distort. But if we take heart from the JDs / Hunt battle, the British public have been resistant to all attempts to make the JDs look like the bad guys. With the Panama papers, and now this, it is entirely possible for the govt to be brought down, but they have the 5 yr fixed term to hide behind – something I think is also further evidence of their desire to control and corrupt.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      They don’t have the fixed term to protect them if electoral fraud is proven.

      1. Florence

        I suspect nothing will stop them from
        (1) trying to prevent any investigation
        (2) lying like hell about everything
        (3) Lying* about what the can & can’t do under the 5 yr rule

        (*based on the amazingly well coordinated Tory MPs have been on the WRAG ESA Group being “fit for work”, seems they will believe anything they’re are briefed.)

  5. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    I will certainly back you Mike with as large a contribution as I can afford once we hear more from you on the legal situation. Obviously you will want to know that the costs will be covered by our contributions and I, for one, will await hearing from you before letting you know how much I can afford.

  6. Jane.

    In. Have seen this on C4 news. Think this may just have legs. This is ultimately outside their control and C4 won’t let it go. Tories nasty? They will reach new heights here.

  7. ivorphotography

    Have you contemplated reporting it to the police in the constituencies where this happened. During our local election campaign we were told, in the first instance, to report any suspected fraud to the local authority and then to the police. It’s the police’s job to investigate crime, it’s what we pay our taxes for!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      It needs to be reported by people who live in that constituency, though. I did put out a request when I originally reported the allegation, some time ago.

  8. NMac

    Arrogant Tories think they can buy off anything with their millions. Let’s hope they come unstuck this time.

  9. Craig Bulman

    It states in the Erskine May Parliamentary Practice that corrupt practices at elections is a criminal offence and can result in disqualification. We all need to be making complaints to the Police and our MP’s. I would be very happy to chip in if funding is required. These despotic maggots must be removed from office. If electoral fraud has been committed which it clearly has then we have an iligitimate government.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Crowdfunding is legal, isn’t it? So I think the answer is yes.
      But I don’t want anybody sending anything to me now; it’ll have to be done properly and I’d want any such funding to be totally separate from donations to the site.

      1. Craig Bulman

        Mike it would be prudent of you to get a copy of the Erskine May Parliamentary Practice 24th edition if you do not already have a copy. I would also recommend having a read through the Commonwealth Charter – cor value I – DEMOCRACY

        We recognise the inalienable right of individuals to participate in democratic processes, in particular through free and fair elections in shaping the society in which they live. Governments, political parties and civil society are responsible for upholding and promoting democratic culture and practices and are accountable to the public in this regard. Parliaments and representative local governments and other forms of local governance are essential elements in the exercise of democratic governance.

        We support the role of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to address promptly and effectively all instances of serious or persistent violations of Commonwealth values without any fear or favour.

        https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/136337/Cm_8572.pdf

        Complaints must also be made to the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, here is her email address
        [email protected]
        Here is the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group website http://thecommonwealth.org/history-of-the-commonwealth/commonwealth-ministerial-action-group-cmag-established

  10. shaun

    I’ll donate small, but regular amounts for as much as I am able. Of course, to protect all our interests things will need to be set up so that no impropriety can be levelled against those involved. In addition their will need to be advice as to whether it’s the right course of action and is do-able.

  11. Richard Street

    I have recently e mailed my MP who happens to be Labour , to ask whether she can persuade Party members living in the 20 or so constituencies affected by this fraud to report it to their local police as they are the ones ” on the ground ” here and are eligible to report the matter . Perhaps if we all e mailed all Labour MPs , our own or other peoples , and asked them to do the same it might get some response going . The time span on this is short as any reports MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE ANNIVERSARY of the election last year ! As long as the crime has been reported within 12 months the police can extend the timespan of the investigation , if not then any case will be deemed outside the time limit !

  12. Brian

    A consequence of fraud being proven would destroy every piece of legislation they have been involved in, every penny they have received in salary and expenses and every smirk they have ventured to make in parliament, using a false instrument etc what a wonderful prospect, how good would that be.

  13. paulmac49

    Well done Mike, for getting the ball rolling on electoral fraud by the Tories, they don’t care who they trample over to gain power. They think they are above the law.

  14. John

    I have to say, hats off to C4 news for investigating this one!
    “administrative error” was it? Yeah right, DC must think we’re totally ******* stupid!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Yeah, but have they taken the evidence to the police?
      Cops will do nothing unless they have an actual complaint to investigate.

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