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ALG SUPPORTS FREE MAILSHOT FOR GLA CANDIDATES

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London boroughs have called on the government to allow a freepost mailing for candidates in the forthcoming Greater...
London boroughs have called on the government to allow a freepost mailing for candidates in the forthcoming Greater London Authority elections.

On behalf of the boroughs, the all-party Association of London Government (ALG) has written to the minister for London, Keith Hill, urging him to consider the benefits of a free mailing for GLA candidates' election addresses.

Parliamentary candidates are allowed one freepost mailing each at general elections, as are candidates for European parliament, the Scottish parliament and the Welsh assembly elections, but there is no provision in the Greater London Authority Act for a free mailshot for GLA candidates.

In his letter to the minister, ALG chair Toby Harris points out that the Representation of the People Bill now before parliament will introduce the possibility of free mailshots for local elections, and that the government has already announced a freepost experiment for Watford in this year's local elections.

'It seems to me bizarre that an experiment to apply freepost arrangements to local government should be held in a small district council, when on the same day we have elections for the new arrangements for the governance of London' said cllr Harris. 'Would it not be possible to permit freepost arrangements, or to conduct an experiment in freepost arrangements, around the GLA elections?'
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