General Election Cornwall 2010–The Kevin Lavery Challenge-Put An End To Corrupt Conservative Party Vote Rigging In Cornwall

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Post by Marhak » Mon May 03, 2010 7:50 pm

Isn't she ex-Radio anywhere but Cornwall?

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Post by TeamKernow » Mon May 03, 2010 9:21 pm

Want to write a letter, marhak ( and anyone else who'd like to see something a bit more like democracy in The Duchy) ?

Here you go (see above for background) – mark 'URGENT PERSONAL ATTENTION' - tailor to your needs and personal style – send in to arrive a.s.a.p. - feel free to pass this draft letter template on via e-mail along with this Background Link to anyone else you know who cares enough about wanting fair, transparent and legal elections in The Duchy Of Cornwall to do likewise:

"To: Peter Wardle, Chief Executive, The Electoral Commission : info@electoralcommission.org.uk

Dear Mr Wardle

I am extremely concerned that the forthcoming General Election 2010 vote in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly may not be fair and democratic due to the possible undue influence of a considerable number of second 'home' owners and family members who don't live in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly and who do not meet the voting qualification criteria but who may have registered to vote through ignorance of the rules or political party misinformation or incompletely or inaccurately explained solicitation.

I must therefore ask you to send a team of Electoral Commission monitors to Cornwall And The Isles of Scilly to ensure this General Election is run properly with particular focus on second 'home' owner and family member voting activity and to conduct a full, thorough and comprehensive audit before, during and after the final count whilst simultaneously sifting out and rejecting invalid second 'home' votes. My grounds for this request are as follows:

1.In recent years considerable doubt has developed in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly as to whether second 'home' owners and family members have been abiding by the current rules, whether their electoral roll registrations have been properly scrutinised by Cornwall's Election Registrars to ascertain 'same amount of time' residence qualification, and whether any examination of votes beng cast in primary residence constituencies elsewhere in the UK rendering second 'home' double votes in Cornwall illegal has taken place. Have all second 'home' owner and family member electoral roll registration applications in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly been thoroughly scrutinised and evidenced for 'same amount of time' qualification? Has any examination of primary residence + second 'home' duplicate and illegal postal or personal attendance voting taken place in the past and will you conduct such an examination to ensure legal and fair results in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly in this 2010 General Election?

2.I have now learned that 64,000 postal votes have been received for the General Election 2010 in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly . How many of these 64,000 postal votes have been cast by second 'home' owners and family members? Of those second 'home' owner and/or family member postal votes, how many are legitimate under the 'same amount of time' in each residence rule?

3.How many 90% Cornwall Council Tax second 'home' owners and family members whose primary 100% Council Tax residence is not in Cornwall have registered to vote at polling stations in Cornwall? Of these, how many qualify to vote in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly under the 'same amount of time' in each residence Electoral Commission rule?

Under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000-2009 please provide me with clear and factual answers to all the questions I have asked above.

Please also confirm that you will send a team of General Election 2010 monitors to Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly to ensure we can trust, perhaps for the first time, that this General Election in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly is run strictly, properly and fairly within the current Electoral Commission rules.

Yours etc…"

copies to:

Kevin Lavery : klavery@cornwall.gov.uk

Cornwall Electoral Services : voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk

The Rt Hon John Denham

The Secretary Of State For Communities And Local Government

Private Office    Telephone: 020 7944 4400          

Email: john.denham@communities.gsi.gov.uk

 

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Post by Marhak » Tue May 04, 2010 5:54 am

I've just heard on the radio that evidence is emerging of massive postal-vote rigging, but haven't any further details yet.

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Post by TeamKernow » Tue May 04, 2010 6:12 am

marhak said:


Isn't she ex-Radio anywhere but Cornwall?



Well,well – well spotted, marhak. HERE is some Wikipedia Right On 'Righton' biography:
'Also during this time, Caroline was presenting regional TV programmes for BBC South West in Plymouth. This work enabled her to gain vital experience, and she became one of the founding presenters of BBC Radio Cornwall in 1984. After presenting the Duchy Today programme with Ted Gundry, Righton became a producer of Radio Cornwall.'

BBC National UK TV & Radio Channels, BBC TV 'South West' (sic ) Spotlight and BBC Radio Cornwall(?) have all been noticeably coy and retentive about this co-worker connection. It appears the reasons for BBC BLATANT BIAS against the Mebyon Kernow candidate in the St Austell / Newquay parliamentary constituency may be coming clearer. BBC BLATANT BIAS against Mebyon Kernow – one the of the 'three main parties' contesting all six seats in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly – and in particular against the Leader of Mebyon Kernow - Cornwall's ONLY National Party - Dick Cole, in the St Austell / Newquay constituency has been reliably recorded by 'CornishZetetics' – HERE , HERE , HERE , HERE and HERE .

You can read Dick Cole's report of the hustings experience and the struggle for equal BBC air time HERE .

Here are two telling extracts:


"On Tuesday, I took part in a live television ‘town hall debate’ for the St Austell and Newquay seat, which was broadcast on BBC News 24. Initially, I was not invited to take part and had to lobby hard to be allowed to participate. I was allowed to play a full part in the debate and, from the feedback I have received, it appears that the debate went well for me."
"Sadly, I was not treated with the same respect by BBC Spotlight. They also did a feature from Newquay that same day, but only included the candidates from the three main London parties. I have received numerous comments from people about how unfair this was."
The BBC often makes great play of describing Westminster as 'the mother of parliaments' and looking down its nose at 'irregular' election practices elsewhere in the world. Currently, the BBC itself is up to its neck in dodgy dealings in the General Election 2010 in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly.

The Case And Need For Electoral Commission Monitoring Of The Conduct Of The General Election 2010 In Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly And An Electoral Commission Complete And Thorough Audit And Immediate Intervention To Disqualify Invalid And Illegal Postal And Polling Station Votes Cast In The General Election 2010 In Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly Is Strengthened.


 

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Post by TeamKernow » Tue May 04, 2010 6:23 am

marhak said: I've just heard on the radio that evidence is emerging of massive postal-vote rigging, but haven't any further details yet.

In Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly we can confidently speculate ImageWHO THE MAIN CULPRITS MIGHT BEImage .

The Need For An Electoral Commission Audit Becomes More Urgent And Pressing.
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Post by Marhak » Tue May 04, 2010 8:36 am

I remember the Tories fiddling proxy votes in Hayle back in the 90s, for Council elections.  As reported in the Press at the time, even the dead were getting up to vote.  Good trick if you can do it!

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Post by TeamKernow » Wed May 05, 2010 9:11 pm

TeamKernow said:



Kevin Lavery, Cornwall Council Chief Executive and Cornwall's General Election 2010 Election Returning Officer, assisted by his team of Electoral Registration Officers is responsible for ensuring that the General Election is run strictly within the rules of the Electoral Commission. Historically, Cornwall's General And Local Election outcomes have been seriously and significantly distorted by people who don't actually live in Cornwall registering and voting in Cornwall on the back of having bought a house for taking occasional holidays or some other non-residential purpose. Electoral Registration Officers have generally failed to educate everyone involved and the general voting public in the precise scope and meaning of the rules and have also neglected and abdicated their duty to scrutinize, challenge and void all invalid electoral roll entries. This lack of rigour has been known to be exploited in a thoroughly cynical and orchestrated fashion for political gain at the expense of Cornish Democracy by the Conservative Party over many years.

The Electoral Commission has made the current rules available and clear HERE :

 "A person’s name may appear on the electoral register only if they reside at an address within the electoral area. Residence is not defined in law, but it has been held by the courts to entail a ‘considerable degree of permanence’. Based on this criteria, it is possible for a person to be registered to vote in two different electoral areas. A person with two homes who spends about the same amount of time in each can be lawfully registered at both addresses.

However, it is unlikely that ownership of a second home that is used only for recreational purposes would meet the residency qualification. Ownership of a second home that a voter pays council tax on but is not resident in does not qualify them for electoral registration in that area. It is for the local Electoral Registration Officer to decide in the light of an individual voter's circumstances whether they may be said to be resident at an address, and therefore eligible for registration. Electoral Registration Officers are required to consider each case on its own merits.

If an elector is registered to vote in two different electoral areas, they are eligible to vote in local elections for the two different local councils. However, it is an offence to vote twice in any one election. Such an offence could result in a fine of up to £5,000. "

So, a person with more than one house can only vote once in a National General Election. But they can (unfairly) opt to exercise that single vote in the 90% Council Tax second 'home' constituency instead of their 100% Council Tax main residence constituency but only if they can demonstrate they 'spend the same amount of time in each' . (bit of a 50:50 90/100% Council Tax perk privilege paradox there)

Given the exponential increase in the number of anti-social anti-community non-residents buying up Cornwall's residential housing stock for taking occasional holidays it appears highly unlikely that all those thousands (20,000? 30,000? 40,000?) of 10% Council Tax Discount second so-called 'home' owners and family members and potential voters meet the Electoral Commission's 'same amount of time in each' criteria for lawful electoral roll registration.

The 'BIG SOCIETY' 'TIME FOR A CHANGE' QUESTIONS therefore appear to be:

1.How many second so-called 'homes' are there in Cornwall?

2.Just how many of the owners and their family members associated with those second so-called 'homes' have actually registered to vote in Cornwall in the 2010 UK General Election?

3.What procedures does Kevin Lavery, Cornwall's Returning Officer, assisted by his team of Electoral Registration Officers, have in place for scrutinising every one of those readily identified discounted 90% Council Tax properties and individuals, their electoral roll entries and their votes to ensure full compliance with the Electoral Commission Rules above and that the 2010 General Election in Cornwall is conducted fairly and properly without democratic deficit, disadvantage, detriment and disenfranchisement for the full time residents of Cornwall?

We are led to believe that every sincere and valid vote counts, is counted and has proper value. Therefore, every insincere and invalid vote must also be counted…and voided…as each and every one erodes and diminishes the democratic worth of each and every genuine and sincere vote.

There is ONE good thing (that may be all!) about Cornwall Council's (temporary?) 'Unitary Authority' designation – all that Council Tax data is readily arranged or arrangeable on a single database to help Kevin sort them all out by cross referring the electoral lists with the discounted 90% second homer Council Tax list to generate a second homer voter list in order to give them each his full electoral eligibility scrutineer's attention.

Another very good thing is The Freedom Of Information Act.

Let's help Mr Lavery out with ensuring Cornwall's 2010 General Election is run properly and fairly.

Here are two draft letters (feel free to improve/alter/enhance them) that may help bring something a bit more like 'democracy' to The Celtic Nation And Duchy Of Cornwall:

L1. The BIG ISSUE:

"Dear Mr Lavery,

Under the terms of The Freedom Of Information Act 2000-2009 please provide me/us with the following:

1.The total number of houses designated 'second homes' in each of the 6 Parliamentary constituencies of Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly as identifiable by their owner's/owners' enjoyment of a 10% Council Tax discount.

2.The total number of individual entries in the electoral rolls of Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly of people associated with those designated 90% Council Tax 'second homes' who have primary residences outside Cornwall.

3.An outline of the procedures you have in place to identify and scrutinise all 'second home owner' and/or family member electoral roll registrations and votes in the 2010 General Election in Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly in order to separate those who comply fully with the current 'same amount of time' rule set out by The Electoral Commission from those who don't and your procedures for deregistering the latter in advance of the General Election or disqualifying and voiding the illegal votes of the latter before the final count of votes in each of Cornwall's six Parliamentary Constituencies for the 2010 General Election of our Westminster MPs.

Thanks etc…"

L2. SPECIFICS :

"Dear Mr Lavery,

It has come to my/our attention that a second home owner and/or family member(s) (NAME[S]) of (ADDRESS) has/have an entry/entries in the (PLACE) electoral register (Electoral Roll No:—) for the 2010 General Election in Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly. To my/our knowledge/in my/our direct experience this person/these people does/do not meet the 'same amount of time in each' second ‘home’ electoral roll eligibility rule set out by the Electoral Commission. Please scrutinise this/these electoral roll entry/entries and advise me/us whether or not and on what grounds this person/these people are/are not entitled to vote in the 2010 General Election in Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly and what you intend to do next in response to my enquiry in your official capacity as Election Returning Officer.

Yours etc…"

To:

Kevin Lavery

CEO Cornwall Council

2010 General Election Returning Officer

E-mail:  klavery@cornwall.gov.uk

The deadline for electoral roll registration was 17.00 Tuesday April 20th. 

To view your nearest copy of The Electoral Register contact:

Cornwall Council Electoral Services

 



Tory Arrested after alleged voting fraud in Peterborough
'A Conservative activist in Peterborough has been arrested after alleged incidents of postal voting fraud.

The man, who is believed to be a low-ranking member of the Conservative branch in Peterborough, was arrested and has been released on police bail.

Cambridgeshire Police said it was investigating a number of alleged fraudulent postal vote applications.

Police said the inquiry concerned about 150 applications to vote in the local election.

'On-going investigation'

A police spokesman said: "Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire Constabulary are working closely to reduce the risk of election fraud being committed and ensure voters have confidence in the electoral system."

The Conservative Party said the man had been suspended.

Chairman of the Conservatives in Peterborough Matthew Dalton: "We take allegations like this very seriously and as a consequence we have suspended the membership of the gentleman in question until the police investigation has been finalised."

A Peterborough City Council spokeswoman said: "We are aware that Peterborough police has made an arrest in connection with allegations of election fraud.

"We have been working closely with the police in the run-up to the elections to minimise the risks of election fraud and ensure people in Peterborough are able to use their vote freely without fear or intimidation.

"However, as there is an ongoing police investigation we cannot comment further at this stage."'





Let's hope Kevin Lavery has a strong grip on those dodgy Torified electoral lists…

Anyone who suspects illegal second 'home' postal or polling station votes going on should challenge them by making a formal complaint to Kevin Lavery.

Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly need BETTER Democracy NOT more second 'home' skewing and screwing of Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly's Local And General Elections.

Caroline Righton seems to be busy deleting her helpful reminders HERE

All the more reason, in the St Austell Newquay constituency, to:

VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATE UNTAINTED BY WESTMINSTER TRI-PARTY-CABAL CORRUPTION



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Post by Marhak » Wed May 05, 2010 11:23 pm

I note that Caroline Righton is another who likes to use the denigrating word "c*unty".  Another good reason not to vote for her.

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Post by TeamKernow » Wed May 19, 2010 11:55 am

George Eustice – False Mandate?

HERE are the Camborne & Redruth Constituency General Election 2010 Results:



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The vote difference between Julia Goldsworthy and George Eustice was 66.

In 2009 this is what Conservative MP Anthony 'Balmoral' Steen – following a well honed Tory tradition - wrote about securing votes from second 'home' owners in order to gerrymander electoral outcomes over in England:

"LETS GET 2nd HOME OWNERS ON SIDE

…My first step was to write a letter to second home owners in Salcombe asking them to consider registering to vote here and suggesting they might like to get more involved in the life and development of their own(sic) community."

Is it credible to believe that George Eustice, ex-UKIP and a former 2005-2007 David Cameron spin doctor and former Portland Communications PR company Associate Director, highly attuned to the most efficacious ways of deploying knowledge of the Conservative Party member database to his political advantage did not exploit die-hard Tory party member loyalties to manipulate the vote in the Camborne & Redruth Constituency by emulating the Steen method whether verbally, by letter, e-mail or otherwise?

Anyone keen to get to the bottom of the true character of the Camborne & Redruth Constituency electoral result and whether it was entirely valid and legitimate may wish to write to Kevin Lavery, Cornwall's Electoral Returns Officer asking questions along the lines of these:

1. How many votes were cast in the Camborne & Redruth Constituency by 90% Council Tax second 'home' owners whose 100% Council Tax primary residence is not in Cornwall?

2. How many of those voters qualified to vote in the Camborne & Redruth Constituency under the Electoral Commission 'same amount of time in each' residency rule?

3. How many of those voters also voted in the constituency where their 100% Council Tax primary residence is situated. (it is illegal to vote twice in UK General Elections).

Kevin Lavery, Cornwall Council CEO and Electoral Returns Officer:  klavery@cornwall.gov.uk

 

 

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Re: General Election Cornwall 2010–The Kevin Lavery Challeng

Post by Kerrow » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:26 pm

Second home voters - Cllr Jeremy Rowe has tabled a question to next week’s Cornwall Council meeting regarding the issue of second home owners casting their votes in Cornwall when their primary place of residence is elsewhere. He asks - when will we "hear from the Leader of the Council what action (if any) he is taking to press the case for reform with the new government" :

http://jeremyrowe.mycouncillor.org.uk/2 ... me-voters/

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Re: General Election Cornwall 2010–The Kevin Lavery Challeng

Post by Kerrow » Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:35 pm

Councillors are voicing even more concern than previously following the question put to Leader Alec Robertson at today's Cornwall Council meeting about the second home voters potentially affecting election outcomes. This is from Cllr Alex Folkes:

Jeremy Rowe asked a question about second home voters and how many cases the council were aware of during the recent general election.

Council Leader Alec Robertson replied and said that the council had investigated just 18 cases in the run up to the election.

That sounds to me like an implausibly low number. Either there was remarkable compliance with the law or the Council was not doing its job properly in making sure that only those eligible to vote actually did so.

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Jeremy said in the meeting that he was aware of more than 18 cases in his own ward and with one Cornish seat being won by just 66 votes, it is entirely possible that a result could have been swayed by voters who should never have voted.

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Because of the implausibly low number in Alec Robertson's answer today, I have asked for an urgent meeting of the Council's Electoral Review Panel to investigate the matter more fully. If it is even remotely possible that the result of an election may be affected then Cornwall Council needs to take action quickly.


http://lansonboy.blogspot.com/2010/06/c ... sible.html

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Re: General Election Cornwall 2010–The Kevin Lavery Challeng

Post by Marhak » Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:58 pm

Good for you, Kerrow.

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Re: General Election Cornwall 2010–The Kevin Lavery Challeng

Post by Kerrow » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:20 pm

Cllr Jeremy Rowe continues to press the Council to step up to the mark in making quite sure that elections in Cornwall are fair, and are not affected by the second home owner vote rigging process.

http://jeremyrowe.mycouncillor.org.uk/2 ... rs-update/


The Recommendation to be put to tomorrow's Electoral Review Panel doesn't, however, exactly give the impression that rigorously fair electoral procedure is of indisputable and categoric importance to the Council:

Recommendation:
That the action that can and will be taken over the next year by the
Electoral Service in respect of second home registration and possible
breaches of electoral law be noted.


http://democracy.cornwall.gov.uk/Publis ... ocA.ps.pdf


The potential for exploiting a weakly regulated system is enormous, with the Tories pressing second homes voters to abuse the system, while Kevin Lavery refuses to give information about this issue under the Freedom of Information Act with the excuse that he holds the position of Electoral Registration Officer 'in a personal capacity'.


Here are the Members on the Electoral Review Panel, who generally seem like a fair-minded bunch of people, bar one or two of the Tories amongst them:

•Mike Clayton (Chairman)
•Alex Folkes (Vice-Chairman)
•Dick Cole
•Jim Currie
•Mike Eathorne-Gibbons
•John Fitter
•John Keeling MBE
•Rob Nolan
•Jeremy Rowe
•Armand Toms
•Andrew Wallis

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Re: General Election Cornwall 2010–The Kevin Lavery Challeng

Post by shaz » Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:12 am

Someone has upset Andrew Wallis here

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Re: General Election Cornwall 2010–The Kevin Lavery Challeng

Post by TeamKernow » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:05 am

BBC Radio Cornwall Political Reporter Graham Smith Image WIMPING OUT AGAIN ?Image

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