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Labour Block Anti-Fraud Checks

February 8, 2018 12:41 PM

Labour has refused to take part in a pilot scheme to have ID checks at polling stations at the May 2018 local elections in Derby. This is despite being told by Government that they should take part.

In December 2016 the Government published a report on electoral fraud in the UK. It named several towns and cities where proven fraud had taken place. Derby was on that list because of the case of a polling clerk, her two nieces and another young woman who were convicted of fraud in 2013. The two nieces had entered the polling station, pretending to be other people, and got ballot papers, issued by their aunt. The "mastermind" behind this fraud has never been brought to justice. He was referred to in court as "someone of standing" in the local community.

Does Labour in Derby have something to fear if people have to prove who they are before being given a ballot paper?