At the weekend, the SKWAWKBOX broke the conclusion of a firm of electoral analysts that the by-election result in Copeland had been unlawful – and that the count of votes was suspect. This conclusion was based on failure to observe proper procedures according to electoral law and the failure to report the numbers of votes issued, returned, spoiled and rejected.
Footage was also published that showed BBC political reporter Tom Bateman – as the picture and quote above show – telling Andrew Neill about ‘unusual’ handling of ballot boxes and of BBC Question Time host David Dimbleby announcing that Labour had held the Copeland seat.
A full analysis of the votes is underway, but there is already enough to raise serious concerns about the legitimacy of the Copeland result.
Some, predictably, have dismissed the evidence as ‘fake news’ – but the mainstream media (‘MSM’) are now also beginning to wake up to it and clearly feel there’s enough substance to the matter to take it very seriously.
The SKWAWKBOX has learned that Patrick Worrall formerly of ITN and then FactCheck (and now, seemingly, back with ITN) and Buzzfeed political editor Jim Waterson have been talking to the electoral analysts about the story.
It remains to be seen whether they will publish it – if they do, it will be far from the first time that the MSM have followed the SKWAWKBOX’s trail.
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