Oh dear... the growing list of Labour councillors and candidates who have repeated what appears on the face of it to be a breach of Section 106 of the Representation of the People's Act 1983 seems to be growing rather than diminishing. I make it that the following have reprinted their agent's letter defaming the Church Tory candidate:
- Tony Jones - now deleted
- Jan Gavin
- Rachel Eden
And of course... there is always their Peppard candidate who doubles as their agent, who actually wrote the letter and who would be the person to face the full might of the law (actually if I'm honest, I don't think he did... it has all the hallmarks of Pete Ruhemann who I know from a leaked email wrote the libel about my candidate in 2010).
That is if the Tories aren't too busy slitting each other's throats to inform the police.
What could someone guilty of conviction of an illegal practice face?
(5) Subject to the provisions of section 174, a candidate or other person reported by an election court personally guilty of an illegal practice shall for five years from the date of the report be incapable of being registered as an elector or voting at any parliamentary election or at any election to a public office held— .
(b)if the offence was committed in reference to an election under the local government Act, for or within the local government area for which the election was held or for or within any constituency or local government area wholly or partly within the area of the first-mentioned local government area as constituted for the purposes of the election.
Then there is the fine and a criminal record for those found guilty.
What is especially amusing is that no-one has accused anyone of being racist, yet we've seen twitter alive with Labour's chums leaping to the defence of an imaginary accusation... e.g:
No-one ever said she was... or indeed any member of the local Labour party. What they have been accused of as a local party and not individually is employing dog whistle tactics. You don't need to be a user of incontinence pads to create an advert to market them.
As I've said before, it all faux horreur. They've been caught. They don't like it.