Labour council election candidate Quesir Mahmood has been arrested and bailed ‘on suspicion of electoral fraud and integrity issues’.
Maybe it’s me, maybe it always used to go on, but never made the papers, but I can remember smiling and nodding to the occasional bobby stood outside the polling station and never once thinking ‘Gosh, I’m glad he’s there, who knows what could be going on inside?’…
A police spokeswoman confirmed that the Monday arrests were made in connection with postal voting. Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle and Hyndburn boroughs are on a list of 15 areas subject to strict monitoring by the UK’s Electoral Commission over fears of election fraud, particularly involving postal voting.
I wonder what all those boroughs have in common?
Yesterday a spokesman for the Labour Party North West said: “The Labour Party takes adherence to the Electoral Commission’s code of conduct very seriously.
“The individual has been suspended pending the outcome of any police investigation.”
Labour’s Blackburn agent Phil Riley said: “The Labour North-West statement is the statement. There will be no other statement.”
Well, at least they were honest enough to admit that …
Although the Labour Party declined to officially name Mr Mahmood as the man arrested, several sources confirmed his identity.
They learned nothing from Rotherham, did they?