Monday, September 13, 2010
Follow the Phil Woolas Election Court at Nick Thornsby's blog
Remember Phil Woolas? He's the former Labour immigration minister who shamefully refused to grant the Gurkhas the right to live here and who was eventually forced to back down by a Commons defeat on a Liberal Democrat motion and the impressive efforts of Joanna Lumley.
Well, this week, an election court in Oldham is considering a complaint from the Liberal Democrat candidate in this year's general election this year, Elwyn Watkins. Mr Watkins is unhappy at the content of literature issued by the Woolas campaign and has made a complaint under Section 106 of the 1983 Representation of the People Act which deals with potentially defamatory statements by candidates.
Woolas retained the seat by a wafer thin 103 votes.
The reason for mentioning it here is to let you know that Liberal Democrat blogger Nick Thornsby (who I tipped for best new Liberal Democrat blog of the year) has been given media accreditation for the case and to invite you to look for his updates here. His Twitter feed is here. Mr Lovely Doctor Chocaholic has written about all the various legal bits and pieces here.
It will be very interesting to see how it all works out.