It appears Kerry McCarthy has broken the law with one of her tweets, which was in turn re-tweeted by quite a few people, including the Labour Party’s official Twitter account.
Basically, it seems they opened a bunch of postal votes and counted them – enough to post how many of several hundred had voted for each of the parties. Kerry then tweeted that information. Sniffing blood, screenshots were grabbed.
Kerry deleted her tweet and admitted her mistake, but the genie was out of the envelope.
Oh and I’d have to presume that they collected these postal votes from constituents unsealed. Wouldn’t you seal your postal vote before giving it to anyone, and be very suspicious of any instruction or suggestion that the envelope should be entrusted to a CANDIDATE before being sealed and submitted?
This item itself is a bit of a smirk at Kerry McCarthy, but could it be the blue touch-paper on the next postal voting scandal?
UPDATE: Guido is onto it.
Oh and it wouldn’t be election time if there was no consternation about postal voting:
Oh and from the Commons Library:
21 pages of examples of postal voting fraud up to January this year.
UPDATE: Just now, Toby Young’s retweet has just popped up here.
UPDATE: On it rumbles
[Update: This is being taken seriously. ToryBear has just posted: "Right now Bristol council are receiving complaints about that pesky 1983 Act, Section 66 (1) and 66 (2)" And the Electoral Commission has been alerted.]
The irony isn’t lost, either: