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Monday, 25 October 2010

Kerry McCarthy MP receives police caution for illegally revealing postal vote results

In April this year I did a blog post titled - Tut tut - Kerry McCarthy breaches election law on Twitter - when Kerry McCarthy revealed a little too much about the postal vote opening in Bristol East.
Well, now Kerry McCarthy, the Labour MP who illegally revealed postal vote results on Twitter in April, has been given a police caution for the said offence.
Labour’s “Twitter Tsar” and a qualified solicitor, has avoided both a fine or a six month prison sentence for the offence.

Although she deleted her original post after a few minutes, it had already been spread around the internet.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesman said:
"Police have confirmed that they have cautioned a man and a woman – both from Bristol – following an investigation into alleged electoral fraud earlier this year under the Representation of the People Act 1983."
So, we assume that was both Kerry and her Agent.

Perhaps now the Labour party will advise their Election Agents and candidates to read the secrecy notices given out at election time.

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