Councillor call for Wirral to take part in anti-fraud voting scheme

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Wirral Council is being urged to take part in the new pilot scheme to tackle fraud and corruption in voting.  The call follows the publication of a report into voting fraud, following concerns raised in a number of local authorities.

Among more than 50 measures proposed is the requirement for voters to be required to produce a form of ID at the polling station.

The Government has now identified 18 local authorities, most at risk of electoral fraud, which will be invited to introduce the need for ID.

At the same time, the Government is asking other local authorities to take part to enable the full impact of ID to be assessed.

Councillor Chris Blakeley (Conservative, Moreton West & Saughall Massie Ward) has now written to Wirral Council’s Chief Executive asking for Wirral to take part in 2018: He said, “This is long overdue – while we must encourage everyone to take part in voting, we must also make sure the process is secure and that votes can’t be lost or stolen.  Asking for ID when voting, as already happens in Northern Ireland, and many other countries, is a common sense way of making sure that voter fraud does not become widespread. It also sends a message that voting is important and that it matters.”

Chris Skidmore, Minister for the Constitution added: “The government’s view is that electoral fraud is unacceptable on any level. I want to protect the right of everyone to have their say and participate in our democracy.”

Among the ID that is considered acceptable will be a UK, Irish, EU, or Commonwealth passport; a UK, Irish, or EU driving licence; other official photographic identity cards, such as a proof of age card; or a locally recognised photographic identification card (e.g. local travel card or pass).

Sadly it seems an unnamed Council Officer has simply said the Council won’t take part.   You can read more on that here

“I am disappointed that an unnamed council officer had simply thrown this into the long grass.  Under the Council constitution electoral matters are for Wirral’s Licensing Committee to determine and I hope that due process will follow and this matter fully considered by that committee and a democratic decision is made by elected members and not a Counci, officer.

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Background:

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Thanks!

Thanks to all those people who voted Conservative on Thursday, and particularly those in Moreton West and Saughall Massie who re-elected my colleague, Cllr Simon Mountney, this is testament to the work we do in the ward, something that was recognised by the New Labour candidate, who said at the count,  “I hope I don’t win because you Tories do such a great job, thanks Deidre.     

Whilst we are delighted that Simon was re-elected as was Lesley Rennie in Wallasey ward, I am saddened that we lost two great Councillors, Leah Fraser in Liscard and Bill Duffey in New Brighton, sadly they suffered as a result of the national Labour Vote.     It is difficult to understand why there was such a vote for Labour, particularly when Labour tellers in different polling stations in Leasowe and Moreton East ward allegedly commented:   “I don’t know why I am doing this, I hate Angela Eagle, we only hear from her when theres an election on.”     Another said, “I am not a Labourite, and if I had a gun I would shoot Gordon Brown, I am only doing this as a favour to Iris.”

We fought our campaign on facts and truth, eveything we put out was positive, and in the names of real people.   We are proud that we did not resort to totally negative,  fear and smear tactics of the Wallasey New Labour Party who had nothing positive to say about their achievements (Well they wouldn’t have would they) we did not put out leaflets in anonymous names, we did not try to kid the electorate, and more importantly we did not try to frighten the most vulnerable in our society.      Wallasey New Labour have a great deal to be ashamed of.         I will say just this to them.  What goes round comes round, roll on May 2011.

Nominations Closed

Lunchtime today saw the close of nominations for the local government elections on the 6th May.     Here in Moreton West and Saughall Massie we have my colleague, Cllr Simon Mountney (Local Conservatives) seeking reelection, we also have the usual suspects, New Labour, Green, UKIP, Lib Dem and sadly this year a BNP candidate!     I hope all parties join together to condemn such a far right party.     

Its also interesting to note that the promises made by Merseyside Trades Council leader, Alec McFadden to stand a candidate against every Labour and Lib Dem candidate who voted for the Strategic Assett Review has just been another publicity seeking empty promise made at the time, he and his Wirral Against The Cuts Party has not fielded one candidate in any seat.   The word Bull**** springs to mind.

To see a full list of candidates for the whole of the borough, click HERE

Out and about in Wallasey and New Brighton

Tonight we had two teams out knocking on doors in Wallasey and New Brighton.  We are finding so many people want to help that we have to split up, it really is great.   Cllr Lesley Rennie led the team in Wallasey, while Cllr Bill Duffey led the New Brighton Team.    Sadly I could not join the teams this evening simply because I had so much ward work to catch up on.   Both teams tell me that the response was great.  Thanks to all the helpers and to all those people who opened their doors to us.

Not Me, I’m an Independent!

Those were the words from a BNP Activist yesterday evening at Wallasey Town Hall when the Returning Officer asked if there was a representative of the BNP to check their seals on the ballot boxes.   We pointed out her status which she denied and ran out of the room.   If you’re ashamed to admit it, perhaps you should not be a member of this neo nazi party.

I was astounded, was this the same lady activist who was putting up BNP posters on the Upton Bypass on Wednesday evening?  Another thing she denied to one of my colleagues this evening.      Clearly this is indicative of the way the BNP operate……………………..

European Elections – Wirral’s Polling Verification

I have just received the final voting verification from Wirral’s Electoral Office.  Turnout varied ward by ward and the ward resuls does not include the postal vote information per ward as that was done centrally.    The overall turnout acroos Wirral, a miserable 32.16%     You can read the full  Breakdown by clicking here