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  • More revelations over Southall election


    by Sunny
    18th July, 2007 at 12:29 pm    

    I’m told that today’s Evening Standard is going to do a story on Tony Lit / Ealing Southall election which is potentially damaging to the Conservatives. I was told this last night so I don’t know if it’s true or what’s going to be printed. I expect that the first edition will be rolling off the printers soon so do keep an eye out. If there’s any other last minute gossip (election is tomorrow) then post it below.

    Yesterday Cameron made his fifth visit to the area while today David Davis is going down there.

    Update: False alarm. Nothing in the ES today, but Political Penguin has an exclusive about electoral law being broken (via Tyger).
    And GM points us to this example of dodgy electioneering by the Tories. Tsk, and right next to Sunrise radio too.

    Update 2: BBC Online is now running a story about “alleged electoral fraud” in Southall following that Telegraph blog post. This is going to get messy.

    Update 3: Tim Ireland points out someone is trying to spread rumours of an election suicide.


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    1. GM — on 18th July, 2007 at 3:12 pm  

      There is this shocking incident…it made The Times’ blog so does that make it gossip?

    2. Matt — on 18th July, 2007 at 3:51 pm  

      Nothing yet?

    3. Praguetory — on 18th July, 2007 at 4:07 pm  

      Time to sack your sources?

    4. tyger — on 18th July, 2007 at 8:44 pm  

      Hey Sunny, don’t miss this.

    5. leon — on 18th July, 2007 at 9:27 pm  

      Time to sack your sources?

      Don’t you ever have anything interesting to contribute?

    6. sonia — on 18th July, 2007 at 11:13 pm  

      ooh im getting all excited ( even though i live miles from southall..) do we think any indian style goondami will be perpetrated?

    7. leon — on 18th July, 2007 at 11:31 pm  

      That update is being investigated by the police:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6905715.stm

      An investigation has been launched after a complaint from the Labour Party about alleged electoral offences in the Ealing Southall by-election.

      The complaint relates to an internet blog entry which claimed to show how many postal votes each candidate had won ahead of Thursday’s ballot.

      The article on the Daily Telegraph website quoted “a source inside the Tory campaign”.

      The Metropolitan Police said the matter is being “thoroughly investigated”.

    8. Matt — on 18th July, 2007 at 11:52 pm  

      All very interesting, but will it actually get anywhere?

    9. Sunny — on 19th July, 2007 at 1:26 am  

      I doubt it. A bit of a damp squib, today…

    10. Unity — on 19th July, 2007 at 1:34 am  

      Actually, Sunny, it looks bad for Isaby, who made the post at the Torygraph.

      The guy trades on being an insider with access to Tory gossip and made the claim that his source was an insider on the campaign.

      Even if he was bullshitting, the relevant section of the act covers statements that are or might reasonably taken to be based in information given by voters, which cover exit polls and tallies taken while verifying postal votes.

      Basically he’s hung himself already and the big question now is whether he was spinning a yarn or whether he did get a tip from the inside of the Lit campaign.

    11. tyger — on 19th July, 2007 at 7:33 am  

      I suppose if the bobbies check the actual results, and they happen to tally with Isaby’s post…

    12. Anil Sharma — on 19th July, 2007 at 7:40 am  

      [troll]
      Story emerging (www.sikhsangat.com) that someone called Mr Rai has committed suicide. If this is Dr Rai one of the candidates, do the rules allow the election to carry on in Ealing Southall.

    13. Tim Ireland — on 19th July, 2007 at 9:19 am  

      The suicide-rumour comment above has been posted verbatim to several weblogs this morning and I for one would like to know who’s behind it.

    14. Ram Mohammed Singh Azaad — on 19th July, 2007 at 10:46 am  

      Southall Zindabaad !!

    15. Jagdeep — on 19th July, 2007 at 2:52 pm  

      What a demented by-election.

    16. Leon — on 19th July, 2007 at 4:02 pm  

      Jagdeep, winner of the 2007 Understatement Award!

    17. Anil's Old Man — on 19th July, 2007 at 6:01 pm  

      Apologies for the stupid, senseless and downright irresponsible behaviour of my schizophrenic son Anil. He’ll be washing dishes for a week now.

    18. Don — on 19th July, 2007 at 6:14 pm  

      ctlly gt (grp) -mld t hlp cnvss n tht (lctrl) snke-pt. H! My mmm ddn’t rs n fls.

    19. David Boothroyd — on 20th July, 2007 at 2:57 am  

      Dr Rai, the candidate of the ‘visible Sikh’ minority, got 275 votes - a truly pathetic total in the circumstances.

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