CAMBRIDGESHIRE Police are investigating claims that there was alleged foul-play in the Peterborough-by-election.
Following vote-rigging accusations that hit the Sunday papers, Police are now investigating five allegations of malpractice relating to Labour’s win in the close by-election, which Labour won by only a mere 683 votes.
VOTE RIGGER ‘PLAYED ROLE’
Labour Activist, Tariq Mahmood’s role in the vote has also caused concern after it was revealed that he had campaigned with Labour, despite the party denying his role in the campaign.
He was called the ‘mastermind’ by activists.
The Press Association today reported that three of the cases relate to postal votes, allegations of bribery, corruption and a breach of privacy of the vote, Cambridgeshire Police said.
Labour’s Lisa Forbes won the by-election following the dismissal of criminal ex-Labour MP Fiona Onasanya.
Forbes won by 633 votes and Mike Greene for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party came second.
Peterborough Council revealed that it had received one unconfirmed report regarding alleged bribery before the vote that was later referred to Cambridgeshire Police.
The council said it had seen no evidence that postal voting fraud had taken place.
Postal votes accounted for 9,898 of the 33,998 ballot papers received, and 400 of the postal votes returned were rejected due to either the signature or date of birth or both not matching council records.