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TOWN MAYOR DESCRIBES PRISON ORDEAL OVER SIGNATURE OFFENCE

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The mayor of Stourport-on-Severn town council, who spent a month in jail for handling a false local election form b...
The mayor of Stourport-on-Severn town council, who spent a month in jail for handling a false local election form before receiving an absolute discharge from the Court of Appeal, tells today's Birmingham Post of his ordeal (p8).

Patrick Duffy said he had allowed a witness to sign a candidate form for someone he knew, before the main signature was down on the form - a technical offence but one which is commonplace.

He rubbishes accusations that he invented a candidate to gain votes, saying he had nothing to gain by the signature.

Mr Duffy describes his jail term as the worst experience of his life.
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