Christian MPs inquire on elections

01 February 2013

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Due process: ballot papers being counted in Exeter, during the 2010 General Election

Due process: ballot papers being counted in Exeter, during the 2010 General Election

TWO high-profile Christian MPs have been appointed to a panel that will investigate allegations of misconduct at elections.

David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, and David Burrowes, the Conservative MP for Enfield, Southgate, are among those ap-pointed to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into electoral conduct in the UK.

A statement said: "The purpose of the inquiry is to investigate and evaluate the effectiveness of existing lines of responsibility and accountability in managing elections, and specifically, charges of misconduct during elections with a particular focus on racism and discrimination."

The inquiry has been commissioned by the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Anti-Semitism, but "will focus on discrimination more broadly". Oral-evidence sessions will be held in Parliament, starting in April or May; a report will be published in the summer.

Mr Burrowes said: "As the elected representative for Enfield Southgate, I am very interested in the management of elections, and concerned by any incidences of electoral misconduct. I am hopeful that this inquiry will bring to light ways that we can make our electoral system more fair and responsible, as well as tackling issues such as racism and discrimination."

At a conference on gangs last month, Mr Lammy spoke about worklessness and the need to tackle the "rights-obsessive culture", where solidarity had been lost ( News, 18 January).

 

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