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JUDGE DEPOSES BNP MEMBER

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The high court has unseated a British National Party member of Birmingham City Council after it found she had been ...
The high court has unseated a British National Party member of Birmingham City Council after it found she had been wrongly declared elected following a blunder by counting staff.

Sharon Ebanks had to cede her seat to Catherine Grundy (Lab), who the court declared was the rightful councillor for the Kingstanding ward.

A batch of votes was double counted, and although the mistake was quickly noticed the result had already been announced and could not be changed except by court order.

Birmingham chief executive Stephen Hughes said the errors did not arise from misconduct.

He said the election process would be reviewed and subjected to a quality audit. Future results would be declared only after counts had been checked by senior staff.
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