Principles of Democracy and the Rights of the Electorate

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 3:04 pm on 26th September 2019.

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Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker Conservative, Wycombe 3:04 pm, 26th September 2019

Lloyd Russell-Moyle asked, “Will you take it to the police?” I am happy to tell the House today that in the 2015 election, my agent and I told our candidates—because there was a district council election at the same time as mine—that if there was any evidence of malfeasance we would be the first to take it to the police; so I found myself knocking on the door of the police station with the Liberal Democrat candidate and my agent, to report somebody who was subsequently arrested. Unfortunately he was not prosecuted, and he was one of mine. I will not have any abuse of the electoral system, and although I understand the hon. Gentleman’s concerns, I must tell him that we have got to sort this mess out.