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Lib Dem postal votes thrown away

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A Liberal Democrat MP has complained that postal votes for his party were being thrown away ahead of next week’s local elections.

John Hemming said there were concerns about the integrity of the postal voting process and called for the law to be changed.

Commons leader Sir George Young said the allegation “sounds to me rather like a criminal offence”.

During questions on future Commons business Mr Hemming (Birmingham Yardley), right, said: “I have reports that in the Balderstone and Kirkholt ward of Rochdale someone is going round, collecting postal ballots, opening them, removing the Lib Dem local election vote and throwing that away while leaving the AV vote inside, resealing with Sellotape and sending them off.”

He asked Sir George: “Do you recognise there remain concerns with the integrity of the process of postal voting and should we have changes to the law to deal with the Electoral Commission’s recommendations?”

Sir George told him: “It sounds to me rather like a criminal offence and I hope that if there is any evidence of that going on it is referred to the police.”

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