General Election 2017

Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission written question – answered on 3rd April 2018.

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Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart Conservative, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2018 to Question 132978, how many of the allegations of electoral fraud concerning the 2017 General Election of which they were made aware were then passed to the relevant police force.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

Where the Electoral Commission is made aware of allegations of electoral fraud it advises the complainant to contact their local police force or Crimestoppers. It does not record where such advice has been provided.

Statistics reported to the Electoral Commission by police forces across the UK show that in 2017 there were 148 cases in relation to alleged electoral fraud at the UK Parliamentary General Election. There were a further 168 cases relating to other election types, and 20 cases recorded as non-election specific.

It is not possible to know which of these cases may have resulted from advice given to a complainant by the Commission.

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