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Watchdog takes up MP's electoral fraud fight
1:00pm Thursday 31st May 2012 in Pendle
The UK’s elections watchdog is taking up Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson’s allegations of ‘family’ postal vote fraud.
The Electoral Commission has called in the Tory MP to discuss his claims in the House of Commons that members of the Asian comm-unity are heavily involved in the ballot scam, twisting poll results.
The meeting next month will concentrate on abuses of postal and proxy votes as measures that might be needed to combat them with Mr Stephenson and fellow MPs and Peers of all parties ready to try and change the law to crackdown on ballot fraud.
The new development came as the police revealed it was stepping up its investigation into alleged election fraud in Hyndburn and Blackburn in this month’s elections.
Mr Stephenson said: “I have discussed this issue with MPs and Peers of all parties, including Labour’s Jack Straw and the Liberal Democrats Gordon Birtwistle, with a view to possibly introducing amendments to the Bill as it goes through the Commons.”