Fears that students may have voted twice to boost Jeremy Corbyn’s election result have prompted the Electoral Commission to demand urgent action to halt a “troubling” rise in alleged voter fraud. Ministers should investigate developing a new computer system to block duplicate voting and force electors to choose where they will cast their ballot, the commission said last night. The watchdog revealed it received over 1,000 complaints and almost 40 letters from MPs about voters casting more then one ballot in June and it is working with police on how to investigate the claims. It highlighted evidence showing students are most likely to be registered in more than one place and that thousands more than expected registered to vote in the 2017 ballot which saw Labour boosted across the country.
The electoral watchdog is investigating up to 1,000 complaints about people illegally voting twice at the general election on 8 June. The Electoral Commission said there were “troubling” reports of double-voting, with 38 MPs raising concerns about the activity in their constituencies. It is legal for students to be registered in university accommodation and in their home town, but they must vote only once. The commission’s report said: “Although people may lawfully be registered to vote in more than one place in certain circumstances, it is troubling that some voters appear to have admitted voting more than once at the general election, which is an offence.” It is working with police on how best to investigate the allegations and called for the government to consider ways of cutting the risk of abuse of voting rules.
Britain’s election watchdog last night raised “troubling” concerns that some younger voters may have cast more than one ballot at the general election. The Electoral Commission said that 38 MPs had highlighted instances where voters, including students, had claimed to have voted twice, which is a criminal offence. It said that individual electoral registers run by councils should be better joined up to help identify duplicate entries. The commission also suggested that in future, those registered to vote in two seats should have to choose in advance which one they would vote in. The warning came as the commission released figures showing that the number of people on the electoral roll had reached record levels.
Thousands of students may have voted twice to try to put Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street. The Electoral Commission yesterday said it was investigating ‘troubling’ evidence of illegality on polling day. The watchdog warned a change in the law might be needed to catch offenders. By having term-time and home addresses, students can register to vote in more than one place. Tory MPs believe thousands may have taken advantage of this opportunity – lured by Labour’s promise to scrap tuition fees and cancel their debts. After the election a number boasted on social media of multiple voting.
A record 46.8million people were registered to vote in the 2017 general election, figures have revealed – the highest total in history. More than two thirds (69%) of 2.9million applications after Theresa May called the snap poll were by people under 35, the Electoral Commission said. But the watchdog has called for urgent changes to the electoral register after finding between 30% and 70% of those applications were duplicates by people already signed up. And it warned it was “troubling some voters appear to have admitted voting more than once” – a crime that carries a £5,000 fine.
THOUSANDS of students could have voted twice for Jeremy Corbyn in the General Election, a watchdog has warned. Tory MPs are calling for an investigation after claiming students had “boasted” online of voting for the Labour leader at both their home and uni addresses. The Electoral Commission, which oversees elections, told the Daily Mail it had no evidence of “widespread abuse” but it was “troubling that some voters appear to have admitted voting more than once”. Conservative MP Peter Bone said he feared the issue could have affected the outcome of last month’s election.
THE Electoral Commission has called on the government to take action to stop “double voting” amid growing evidence that the illegal practice it boosted Labour’s support at the election. The elections watchdog described concerns about mostly students abusing the electoral process by voting both in their university constituency and home seat. Seats like Kensington, which the Tories lost by just 20 votes, could have been swayed by illegal double voting. Jeremy Corbyn bribed students by offering to fork out £100billion to end tuition fees and pay off student debt. The pledge, which he said would take effect in September, has since been downgraded by his shadow chancellor John McDonnell to “an ambition”.
The Electoral Commission is investigating “troubling” claims some voters cast more than one ballot at the General Election. The watchdog said it had not discovered evidence of widespread abuse, but had received more than 1,000 emails from members of the public, as well as 38 letters from MPs, raising the issue. The watchdog said it was working with police on how to investigate the claims. It has also called for the Government to consider ways of reducing the risk of the rules being abused and for urgent action to tackle the number of duplicate applications by people who are not aware they are already registered.
THERESA May risks riots in the streets unless she delivers Brexit, a former pro-EU Tory Minister has claimed. Robert Halfon – sacked as Apprentice Minister last month – said there could be “serious social unrest” in some parts of the country. Speaking to the BBC, the working class campaigner said he had voted Remain and firmly believed Britain should “support an alliance of democracies”. But he told Daily Politics: “I’ve firmly come to the view that the public voted to leave, they didn’t vote to be part of bits of it. “And I think there could be serious potentially social unrest in parts of the country and also a rise of a new kind of Ukip. “I think there would be many angry people who would feel that their democracy was being subverted.
The latest poll for top opinion firm YouGov has destroyed the recent Remoaner claims that the British people are turning against Brexit. Members of the public were asked if, in hindsight, Britain was right or wrong to back Brexit on June 23 last year: 45% said we were right while only 43% said we were wrong – roughly similar proportions to the final vote last summer. The results are also in line with recent survey results gathered for Tony Blair which revealed that most British voters believe Brexit should mean Brexit. An earlier poll released in April showing 45% oppose our exit from the EU was trumpeted by pro-EU news outlets, with Bloomberg boasting that the “UK is starting to regret Brexit” and the Independent announcing that a “majority of British voters believe Brexit was [the] wrong decision”. Time will tell if they pay as much heed to the more recent survey that doesn’t suit their Europhile agenda.
Those blamed for leaks and attacks on Philip Hammond, include allies of David Davis and Michael Gove as well as Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary. Theresa May is being urged by cabinet ministers to sack testosterone-fuelled “donkeys” and “indulgent safe-seat kids” behind a series of hostile leaks against the chancellor. She will tell warring colleagues that they are ushering Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, into Downing Street as she seeks to reimpose discipline at a cabinet meeting today. Her intervention comes after three days of leaks and briefings, including claims that Philip Hammond told the cabinet last week that public sector workers were overpaid.
Theresa May is to reprimand her Cabinet ministers for leaking and briefing against one another, Downing Street has said. The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said the PM would use a meeting on Tuesday to remind her deputies that they should be “having all discussions of government policy in private”. The intervention comes amid increasing signs of infighting amongst top Tories – with Chancellor Philip Hammond the target of several negative briefings in recent days. Mr Hammond was accused by anonymous ministers in three national newspapers on consecutive days of various claimed misdeeds.
EUROCRATS were today mercilessly mocked for running an online poll where people voted for the future direction they want the bloc to take by using emojis. The EU’s social media team posted an interactive vote on Facebook so ordinary members of the public could deliver their verdict on Jean-Claude Juncker’s five proposals for the project going forward. But the innovative post sparked anger and derision amongst some users who accused eurocrats of showing open bias by choosing a tearful face for the option to devolve more powers back to member states. EU officials are trying find ways to engage with more young people after surveys showed worrying numbers across the continent now feel completely detached from Brussels.
Theresa May should make Jeremy Corbyn a member of her Brexit negotiating team, a top EU official has suggested. Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, said the Prime Minister losing her majority in the general election was a “rejection” of her hard Brexit plan and other voices should be listened to as negotiations with the European Union get into full swing. The former Prime Minister of Belgium was critical of Ms May and described the election result as an “own goal”. He said it was now the Government’s responsibility to determine whether or not they would take the result into account when determining their negotiating position.
BRUSSELS will never fulfil its ambition of becoming a serious global leader because it has no “backbone” on the world stage, one of its own former judges said today. In a withering assessment of the EU’s foreign policy aims Franklin Dehousse accused the bloc of having “no vision” and predicted it will not be taken seriously by other superpowers. The respected former ECJ judge made the remarks as foreign ministers met in Brussels today to discuss the club’s so-called Global Strategy, which aims to turn it into an international heavyweight. Eurocrats have long looked on with envy at the power wielded by the US across the globe and what to amalgamate member states’ foreign policy and create their own army in a bid to rival Washington.
Dutch nationals who take British citizenship to avoid having to leave the UK after Brexit will be stripped of their Netherlands passports due to existing limits on dual nationality, the Dutch prime minister has said. About 100,000 Dutch nationals living in Britain face an uncertain future after March 2019. The UK and EU are yet to reconcile their differences on the citizens’ rights issue, with Brussels describing the British government’s initial offer as vague and inadequate. Mark Rutte told Dutch citizens in the UK who have considered becoming British to avoid residency problems once Britain leaves the EU that applying for dual nationality was not an option.
I welcomed the decision by the British people to embrace genuine independence for our country. But the moment I arrived at the West London school where I worked as a computer science teacher, my cheerfulness was punctured. At once I was taken aside by the headteacher, who knew where my sympathies lay, and warned not to mention Brexit in front of the staff or students. ‘You can’t talk about it. They are very upset and angry about the result. Besides, many of our kids are from Europe,’ he told me in reproving tones. Though I had to obey him, I found his injunction appalling on two levels. First, there was the unjust implication that the vote for Brexit was a triumph for bigotry, something I found personally offensive as a supporter of immigration.
Furious residents have been left ‘angry and distressed’ after learning that the HS2 rail link will pass through their newly built £200,000 homes. Nigel and Amanda Hogue bought their house in the Shimmer housing estate near Mexborough because they thought it was a quiet, beautiful area. But after learning that they will have to make room for the HS2 link they say their life has been turned upside down by the decision, and have been left in limbo. Speaking to Sky News, Mr and Mrs Hogue said: ‘We bought this house in January 2015, this was going to be our unknown sort of thing until we retired and moved into something smaller.
A Scottish midwife has revealed how she deals with cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) on an almost daily basis, seeing around 150 affected women and girls every year. Hilary Alba is the lead midwife for Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board, and is responsible for asylum seekers and trafficked women in the city. Despite the extent of the problem, there has not been a single conviction for FGM in Scotland, where those who aid or carry out the procedure, either in Scotland or abroad, are supposed to face up to 14 years’ imprisonment. “We’re not sure if it is happening over here,” Mrs. Alba told The Times.
The BBC may stand down some of its leading news presenters on Wednesday to avoid a damaging conflict of interest row, as bulletins are led by disclosure of their own six-figure salaries. News and current affairs presenters are bound by editorial guidelines to remain objective in their coverage, and cannot advance a position on “political or industry controversy or any other controversial subject”. But with the report expected to reveal that the likes of John Humphrys, Fiona Bruce, Kirsty Wark and Laura Kuenssberg are among the 100 or more well-known names earning over £150,000, it is feared that they will be unable to report the subject or conduct interviews with impartiality.
The BBC could stop its top news presenters from reporting on tomorrow’s pay disclosures to avoid conflicts of interest. When the corporation publishes the salaries of its top stars, it will reveal the pay packets of figures such as Fiona Bruce, Laura Kuenssberg and John Humphrys. The BBC’s editorial guidelines say its presenters must remain objective in their coverage, and management are in talks about how best to cover the subject without breaching those rules, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Increases in life expectancy are “grinding to a halt” as dementia deaths take their toll on the middle classes, an expert review has found. Life expectancy for men and women has risen steadily for a century but the rate of increase appears to have stalled in the past few years. The findings are deeply concerning and warrant urgent investigation, according to Sir Michael Marmot, the professor of epidemiology behind the study. Between 2002 and 2010, life expectancy at birth increased by a year every five years for women, and every three-and-a-half years for men, a continuation of a long-term trend.
There could be as many as one million people with dementia in the UK – far more than official figures show. Research has revealed that there are around an extra 150,000 people in the early stages of the disease who were not previously included in official statistics. Current estimates put the number of people with dementia in the UK at around 850,000 – but if the unrecorded patients are included the true total should be nearly one million. The figures were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London yesterday by a team led by Cambridge and Newcastle University academics.
A TENSE border dispute could lead to all out war between two nuclear powers. The Chinese army carried out attacks on “enemy positions” as it simulated battle conditions as the communist nation and India continue to stand-off. Between 4,000 and 7,000 troops are believed to have taken part in the drill, armed with shoulder launched assault weapons and light arms. The soldiers were filmed striking enemy positions and blasting simulated enemies – in a blatant warning to their southern neighbour. The drills come as the two nations dispute territory in Bhutan – with Beijing claiming the Sikkim district belongs to them while New Delhi defends the tiny Himalayan country’s claim to the land.