Friday, May 05, 2006

Vote fraud in UK local elections?

In London, Labour has gained Lambeth in the local elections (May 2006).

In Manchester, Labour has gained Fallowfield, Gorton, Longsight and Whalley Range to keep overall control of the city.

In Bolton, the Liberal Democrats lost four seats making Labour the largest party.

This is odd, as the BBC is projecting the national share of vote as:

CONSERVATIVE 40%
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT 27%
LABOUR 26%.

Labour did not do well in the local elections overall, but, they did not do as badly as they should have done.

Has there been fraud in places such as Lambeth, Manchester and Bolton?

The following comes from The Sunday Times and describes Lambeth when it was last under Labour control.
http://briandeer.com/lambeth-council.htm

SECRET PAPERS EXPOSE LAMBETH AS A BOROUGH ROTTEN TO THE CORE

The Sunday Times, 30 May 30 1993, reported on financial scandals and rackets in the London borough of Lambeth.

Confidential papers obtained by The Sunday Times revealed massive fraud and mismanagement in the Labour-controlled borough.

Lambeth:

1. Charged thousands of times the real cost for repairs and maintenance.

2. Altered or destroyed documents to allow unnecessary, unauthorised or fictitious work to be billed to the authority. Papers relating to millions of pounds of public money are missing.

3. Handed out £2m of work for the environment department's homelessness initiative programme to "a small select list" of contractors, without tenders and on the say-so of one council officer.

The government's District Audit Service issued a "public interest" report accusing the council of unlawfully misdirecting more than £20m.

Paul Claydon, the district auditor, spent two years investigating Lambeth.In one instance, a repair to a wall had a correct price of £184.30, and a special Lambeth price of £8,573.54.

In another, a £33.86 job to replace ceramic tiles was billed at £1,055.62. One item which rightfully should have cost £7.26 was billed for £10,204.74.

aangirfan: Possible UK vote fraud? Some figures.

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