Archive for the 'elections' Category

Prisoners’ voting rights: government loses final appeal in European court – The Guardian

“The government has lost its final appeal against giving prisoners the right to vote following a ruling by the European court of human rights.”

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The Guardian, 12th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prosecution of Philip Woolas not in public interest – Crown Prosecution Service

“Former MP Philip Woolas will not be prosecuted in relation to statements he made about an opponent during the 2010 General Election in Oldham East and Saddleworth.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 21st March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

UK prisoners seek right to vote in increasing numbers – BBC News

“There has been a sharp rise in the number of UK prisoners taking legal action to secure the right to vote.”

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BBC News, 15th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Prisoners should be given the vote, signals watchdog – Daily Telegraph

“Nick Hardwick, the chief inspector of prisons, signalled he was in favour of some prisoners being given the vote, despite admitting he has not come across a single inmate who wants it.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

UK to challenge prisoner votes ruling by European Court – BBC News

“The government has launched a legal bid to overturn a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the UK’s blanket ban on prisoners voting is unlawful.”

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BBC News, 2nd March 2011

Souce: www.bbc.co.uk

Rival guilty of paedophile slur against MP Mike Hancock – BBC News

“A rival who falsely claimed a Liberal Democrat MP was a paedophile has been convicted of attempting to affect a result in the general election.”

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BBC News, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Kenneth Clarke looks to reform European Court of Human Rights – The Guardian

“The justice secretary Kenneth Clarke said he will seek to reform the European Court of Human Rights after it ruled in favour of giving prisoners the right to vote.”

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The Guardian, 20th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisoners lose voting compensation bid – The Independent

“The High Court has blocked a compensation bid by prisoners barred from voting in last year’s general election.  Claims have been launched in county courts nationwide by 585 serving prisoners, with another 1,000 potential cases in the pipeline, Mr Justice Langstaff was told in London.”

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The Independent, 18th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Only dictators defy European rights law, judge tells Britain – Daily Telegraph

“Europe’s most senior judge faced fierce criticism last night after suggesting that Britain would resemble a 1960s Greek dictatorship if it denied prisoners the vote and ignored human rights rulings.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

AV referendum to go ahead on May 5, after Lords challenge fails – Daily Telegraph

“A referendum on changing the voting system will definitely take place on May 5 after the Government last night saw off an 11th-hour challenge to the plans in the House of Lords.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Report on election ‘fraud’ dismissed as a whitewash – The Independent

“The Electoral Commission has concluded that there was no widespread evidence of voting fraud at last year’s local and general elections, despite allegations at the time that the postal ballot system was being exploited.”

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The Independent, 16th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Prisoners’ right to vote: Q&A – The Guardian

“MPs are set to debate on a motion calling for Britain to defy the European court of human rights over giving prisoners the right to vote on Thursday.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs expected to deny prisoners the right to vote – The Guardian

“The government is resigned to being told by parliament not to give prisoners the right to vote nor to pay compensation to British prisoners denied that right.”

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The Guardian, 8th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government electoral reform dealt Lords blow – The Guardian

“The government suffered a narrow defeat in the House of Lords on Monday night when rebel Tories joined forces with Labour peers to make the planned referendum on electoral reform non-binding if turnout falls below 40%.”

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The Guardian, 7th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Politicians warned over prisoner voting rights – The Guardian

“Europe’s human rights watchdog has warned British politicians that if they continue to exclude prisoners from the right to vote they risk undermining a crucial element of democracy.”

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The Guardian, 4th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK may be forced to give prisoners the vote in time for May elections – The Guardian

“The government may be forced to grant the vote to prisoners serving sentences less than four years by this May’s local and European elections or face substantial compensation payouts.”

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The Guardian, 1st February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Far fewer prisoners will now get the right to vote – The Guardian

“Faced by a backbench rebellion, the government is to slash the number of prisoners to be given the right to vote, even though it is likely to increase the risk of successful compensation claims against the government in court.”

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The Guardian, 20th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Peers bed down for marathon session to pass reform bill – The Guardian

“Lords debate reduction in the number of MPs in parliament.”

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The Guardian, 17th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

28,000 prisoners will have right to vote – The Guardian

“More than 28,000 prisoners are to win the right to vote, new figures showed yesterday, as David Cameron faces a growing revolt from the Tory right against the lifting of the 140-year-old ban on inmates voting in British elections.”

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The Guardian, 5th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

R (Chester) v Secretary of State for Justice and another – WLR Daily

“Removing the blanket ban on prisoners’ voting in elections, which was required by decisions of the European Court of Human Rights to comply with the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, involved a controversial area of social policy. It was for the Government to decide on the appropriate amending legislation to be enacted to comply with the law. The judiciary ought not to construe existing statutes so as to confer on the courts the function of deciding whether any given prisoner should lose his vote.”

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WLR Daily, 20th December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Judges can strip prisoners of voting rights – Daily Telegraph

“Judges can strip prisoners of the right to vote, while criminals sentenced to four years or more will also be excluded from voting, under new proposals.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina (Woolas) v Parliamentary Election Court and others – WLR Daily

Regina (Woolas) v Parliamentary Election Court and others [2010] EWHC 3169 (Admin); [2010] WLR (D) 217

“The relationship of a parliamentary election court to the High Court was such that it was to be regarded as an inferior tribunal so that its actions could be the subject of judicial review; and the jurisdiction in judicial review of an election court was not confined to an excess of jurisdiction in the narrow sense but extended to correcting errors in its application of the law.”

WLR Daily, 8th December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Lords ruling paves way for separate AV referendum and election dates – The Guardian

“Alternative voting referendum could be on a different day from 5 May elections according to a House of Lords amendment.”

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The Guardian, 6th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court clarifies constitutional role in Woolas decision – The Guardian

“Phil Woolas has lost his election court challenge but the decision shines a light on an obscure part of the constitutional system.”

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Woolas’s exit paves way for BNP to stand in by-election – The Independent

“Phil Woolas has given up his battle against becoming the first MP for almost a century to lose his seat for lying about an opponent.”

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The Independent, 4th December 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Regina (Conservative and Unionist Party) v Election Commissioner – WLR Daily

Regina (Conservative and Unionist Party) v Election Commissioner [2010] EWCA Civ 1332; [2010] WLR (D) 296

“It was not open to a petitioner to an election court to seek an order for costs under s 51 of the Senior Courts Act 1981 against the respondent’s political party and its local party association who had not been parties to the petition. Once the election commissioner had made a final order for costs and dealt with all aspects of the petiton under the Representation of the People Act 1983 he did not have the authority to re-open a decision as to costs and consider making an order against a third party.”

WLR Daily, 24th November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Give prisoners the vote in six months or face severe penalties, UK warned – The Guardian

“The UK must introduce laws allowing prisoners to vote within six months or face severe legal and financial penalties, the European court of human rights has warned.”

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Election for the 2011 Bar Council: Results – The Bar Council

Cick here to view the election results for the 2011 Bar Council.

The Bar Council, 22nd November 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Judgement reserved in Phil Woolas election case – BBC News

“Three High Court judges considering former Labour MP Phil Woolas’s bid to overturn his ban from politics have reserved judgement.”

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BBC News, 17th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Voting reform referendum will go ahead in May 2011 – The Independent

“A referendum on whether to ditch the first-past-the-post voting system will go ahead next May after Labour peers failed narrowly in an attempt to derail the Government’s timetable.”

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The Independent, 16th November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Phil Woolas challenging ban from politics – BBC News

“Former Labour immigration minister Phil Woolas will begin a legal bid to overturn a ruling that he should be banned from politics for three years.”

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BBC News, 16th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Watkins v Woolas – WLR Daily

Watkins v Woolas [2010] EWHC 2702 (QB); [2010] WLR (D) 288

“S 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, which imposed the penalties for an election candidate found guilty of a corrupt or illegal practice, was compatible with the right to freedom of expression contained in art 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The interference with the right to freedom of expression by s 106 and the penalties imposed for breach of that section were proportionate to the legitimate aim of the section.”

WLR Daily, 12th November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Lords committee criticises government plans for constitutional reform – The Guardian

“A collection of peers has criticised the government’s proposed constitutional changes, concluding that the reforms will strengthen the executive’s grip on parliament.”

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The Guardian, 12th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Peers threaten voting reform bill – BBC News

“Government plans for a referendum in May on changing the voting system could be at risk if peers vote later to refer them to a Lords committee.”

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BBC News, 15th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Nick Clegg rejects call for law change after ‘hundreds denied vote’ – The Guardian

“The Electoral Commission is set on a collision course with the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, after he dismissed calls for a law change to ensure last-minute voters are not turned away at the polls.”

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The Guardian, 11th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Oldham East byelection delayed as Phil Woolas seeks judicial review – The Guardian

“A byelection to select a new MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth has been put on hold pending the outcome of an attempt by Phil Woolas, who won the seat for Labour in May, to overturn a court decision ruling his election void.”

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The Guardian, 8th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Labour minister barred from Commons for three years – Daily Telegraph

“Former immigration minister Phil Woolas lost his seat as an MP today after an election court ruled that he knowingly made false statements about an opponent in May’s general election.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Phil Woolas awaits court ruling on election victory – Daily Telegraph

“Phil Woolas faces being thrown out of parliament when two High Court judges rule on whether to overturn a general election result in his Oldham constituency and order a re-run.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Child killer takes fight for vote to appeal court – The Independent

“Convicted child killer Peter Chester today takes his groundbreaking fight for the right to vote to the Court of Appeal.”

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The Independent, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Prisoners to get the right to vote – The Guardian

“Coalition set to confirm it is ready to change law to remove voting ban on more than 70,000 inmates of British jails.”

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawcast 169: Prisoner votes – An analysis of Hirst and Frodl with Carl Gardner – Charon QC

“Today (27 October) I am talking to ex-government lawyer Carl Gardner about the ‘Votes for Prisoners’ issue and two key cases on the matter United Kingdom v Hirst and the Frodl decision.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 27th October 2010

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Coalition in the dock over prisoner voting – The Guardian

“The government can equivocate no longer, it is legally obliged to remove the blanket ban on voting behind bars.”

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The Guardian, 21st October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Phil Woolas faces court attempt to overturn general election victory – The Guardian

“Two high court judges, sitting at a specially convened election court, will decide whether the 6 May result in Oldham East and Saddleworth should be declared void and a rerun should take place.”

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The Guardian, 13th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fixed-term parliaments bill open to legal challenge, clerk of Commons warns – The Guardian

“A major potential flaw in the coalition’s bill to introduce fixed-term parliaments was exposed when the clerk of the Commons today warned it would open the way for repeated legal challenges if parliament passed a vote of no confidence in a government, leading to a general election.”

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The Guardian, 7th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Five jailed for electoral fraud – Daily Telegraph

“Five men have been jailed following a botched postal voting scam intended to secure a seat for a Conservative Party candidate at the 2005 general election.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ex-MP to sue successor over ‘expense claim libel’ – BBC News

“A former Conservative Sussex MP is to take the man who beat him at the general election to court over comments he made about his expenses claims.”

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BBC News, 4th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MPs ‘denied enough time to study electoral reform bill’ – The Guardian

“MPs have been denied an ‘adequate opportunity’ to scrutinise legislation paving the way for a referendum on reform of the voting system, it was claimed today.”

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Election watchdog urges proof of ID for voters – The Independent

“Ministers should consider requiring voters to produce proof of identity when they go to the polls, the official elections watchdog said today.”

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The Independent, 27th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

AV referendum question published – BBC News

“The government has published the question it plans to ask voters in a referendum on electoral reform.”

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BBC News, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Court examines Labour Muslim slur election leaflet – BBC News

“A court is to examine claims that a Labour Party election leaflet from former minister Phil Woolas linked an opponent to Muslim ‘extremists.’ “”

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BBC News, 30th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Voting reform ballot planned for May – The Guardian

“The coalition government is to test its unity by announcing that it plans to stage a referendum on voting reform next May, amid signs that Labour enthusiasm for the reform is wavering owing to the party’s growing hostility to the Liberal Democrats.”

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The Guardian, 1st July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisoners must get vote by next year, warns Europe – Daily Telegraph

“Prisoners in Britain must be given the vote in time for elections next year, the Council of Europe said yesterday as it stepped up pressure on the new coalition Government to abide by a five-year-old court ruling.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Europe pressures Westminster on votes for prisoners – The Guardian

“The government faces being hauled before the European court of human rights unless it gives prisoners the right to vote as a matter of urgency.”

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The Guardian, 30th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

General election polling station failures prompt legal challenge from voters – The Guardian

“Lawyers are to mount legal challenges on behalf of people who were barred from voting on election night because of inadequate staffing and long lines outside polling stations.”

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The Guardian, 20th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal challenge to Alex Salmond’s exclusion from BBC leaders’ debates – The Guardian

“The Scottish National party will go to court today in an attempt to force the BBC to give its leader Alex Salmond a place in the final leaders’ debate later this week.”

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The Guardian, 27th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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