Elections: Personation

Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission written question – answered on 29th January 2020.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society)

To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many convictions there have been for in-person voter fraud in (a) the London Borough of Lewisham, (b) London and (c) the UK in each of the last five years.

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

The Commission has collected and published information about allegations of electoral fraud from the police since 2008.

The Commission’s data shows that between 2014 and 2018 there were no convictions of in-person voter fraud in the London Borough of Lewisham. There was one conviction in the Waltham Forest constituency at the 2017 UK Parliamentary General Election. In total there have been two convictions in the UK for in-person voter fraud during the period specified; these occurred in Waltham Forest (as noted above) and in East Ayrshire at the 2016 EU Referendum.

The Commission will publish information about allegations of electoral fraud during 2019 in spring 2020.

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