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WORCESTERSHIRE MAYOR FREED FROM JAIL SENTENCE

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Patrick Duffy, Conservative mayor of Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire who was sentenced to six months in Decembe...
Patrick Duffy, Conservative mayor of Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire who was sentenced to six months in December after pleading guilty to using a forged candidate nomination was allowed to go free by the Court of Appeal yesterday, the Birmingham Post reports (p1).

The paper says the appeal court heard that Mr Duffy's action, intended to split the vote in a town council election had been common practice and not an offence.

And Mr Duffy, in his second term of mayor, is reported as saying last night that he had no intention of giving up.

Last December he had been jailed for the attempt to split the opposition vote during Wyre Forest DC elections by adding a false address to an election form as well as a witness signature.
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