Stewart Jackson, MP for Peterborough led an adjournment debate today on Electoral Integrity and Absent Votes to raise his concerns about our democratic system and the way in which elections are being conducted.
Mr Jackson raised a number of concerns with the Government which were answered by Mr John Penrose MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office.
In the debate Stewart mentioned concerns about Peterborough, stating that the city has unfortunately been featured on the Electoral Commission’s watch list for council areas with a high risk of electoral fraud for many years, along with having recent electoral criminal convictions. He also mentioned other places in the United Kingdom which have been or are at serious risk, such as Tower Hamlets.
Stewart Jackson MP said:
“In the UK, we pride ourselves on having free, fair, open and honest elections, but this is not always the case. In too many places electoral fraud means that honest people’s votes are potentially invalidated by crooked votes. Our whole democratic system is being undermined by postal votes on demand and the votes of thousands of women of all ages are being regularly stolen by their menfolk. We are turning a blind eye, in effect, to regular breaches of section 115 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 in respect of undue influence.”
You can find the debate and read Stewart’s speech in full here