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Electoral fraud: A growth area for lawyers?

Thanks to Tower Hamlets, fears over postal fraud have taken on a life of their own, writes John van der Luit-Drummond

20 October 2015

Is the UK's electoral system fit for purpose
in the 21st century? Such a question
usually raises the spectre of proportional representation, debates over the introduction
of compulsory voting, or arguments for lowering the age of majority. Yet at a Conservative party conference fringe event, Tories seemed far more concerned with the prospect of electoral fraud than discussion of the above.

We tend to think of our electoral process as reasonably honest, transparent, and unsusceptible to corruption. However, a panel discussion hosted by think tank Politeia, entitled 'Corruption at the polls? How to end electoral fraud', focused on the recent case against Tower Hamlets's former mayor, Lutfur Rahman.

Erudite speakers - Dominic Grieve QC MP, the former Attorney General; Field Court Chambers's Francis Hoar, the barrister who acted for petitioners in the Tower Hamlets case; and yours truly - spoke.

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