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Clause 27 — Changes to existing limits

Part of Access to Mental Health Services – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw 5:45 pm, 10th September 2013

Has my hon. Friend’s Committee had an opportunity to consider the ramifications of the electoral judgment in Oldham? Everyone is concentrating on the impact on charities and third parties, but we should also consider the impact on candidates. If a third party were to spend a penny more than was allowed on promoting a candidate, an election petition would succeed. The ruling on the election petition at Oldham was based on a precedent 100 years ago. Is it not possible that election petitions, whether valid or not, will be issued regularly on the basis of a few pence?