As the SKWAWKBOX revealed on Friday night, Theresa May appears to have broken electoral law during her question and answer session with a BBC Question Time audience.
In front of a television audience of millions, May alleged that Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott had advocated the removal of the DNA samples of ‘criminals and terrorists’ from police databases.
Abbott has, of course, done nothing of the sort. She has advocated the removal of the DNA of innocent people, because it infringes on our civil liberties, disproportionately affects ethnic minorities and includes the DNA of, for example, victims of crimes such as rape.
The Representation of the People Act 1983 states that making a false statement about the character or conduct of a candidate is an illegal practice:
May certainly cannot claim belief and reasonable grounds for belief that her false statement about Diane Abbott was true.
Now Wirral in it Together blogger Paul Cardin, having read the SKWAWKBOX’s article, has made a formal complaint to the police about Mrs May’s statement and has written an excellent piece that May is not above the law.
We must hope that the police act accordingly. The political life of this country and the trust of the people in our democratic process require that the kind of wanton dishonesty that has become routine practice for some political parties is dealt with severely enough to end it.
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