EXCLUSIVE: Labor Accused Of Violating Election Rules After Filming Activist Handing Out Pamphlets For Sadiq Khan To Voters Queuing For The Polls
- The video was shot yesterday in Bow, East London, at a polling station
- Images showed the campaigner handing out leaflets to the public
- Strict rules prohibit campaigning within the perimeters of a polling station
A Labor advocate who campaigned for Sadiq Khan to become mayor of London appeared to be breaking the strict rules of the Electoral Commission – after handing out pamphlets outside a polling station.
The activist was captured on film at the Overland Children’s Center in Bow, London, where members of the public lined up to cast their votes.
At the end of the long line, pamphlets bearing the face of Mr. Khan clearly were given to the people as they waited to collect their ballots.
A spokeswoman for the Electoral Commission told MailOnline this afternoon: ‘Parties and candidates are allowed to campaign on election day, but not within the perimeters of a polling station.
The man was clearly visible with Sadiq Khan’s leaflets next to the polling station queue
The short video showed him a leaflet to a man before others spoke to him briefly
“Anyone concerned about activities outside a polling station should report their concerns to the return officer in the first instance.”
MailOnline submitted the video to the PvdA for comment, but did not receive an answer before the publication deadline.
Another voter said the same had happened at the Tredegar Center, also in East London.
The eyewitness added: “ My wife was approached outside another polling station in Bow by a Labor activist who was handing out pamphlets – she never got to accept them because we had votes by mail that we just dropped, so basically already. had voted.
Sadiq Khan, along with his wife Saadiya and their dog Luna, were spotted bright and early at their polling station at St Albans Church in South London, ready to put their crosses in the box
The full list of candidates for London mayors
Shaun Bailey – Conservatives
Kam Balayev – Renew
Sian Berry – Green Party
Count Binface – Count Binface for the Mayor of London
Valerie Brown – The Burning Pink Party
Piers Corbyn – Let London Live
Max Fosh – Independent
Laurence Fox – Reclaim Party
Peter Gammons – UKIP
Richard Hewison – Rejoin the EU
Vanessa Hudson – Animal Welfare Party
Steven Kelleher – Social Democratic Party
Sadiq Khan – Labor Party
David Kurten – Heritage Party
Farah London – Independent
Nims Obunge – Independent
Niko Omilana – Independent
Luisa Porritt – Liberal Democrats
Mandu Reid – Vote Women’s Equality Party
Brian Rose – London Real Party
‘I was handing them in at the time. The lady was definitely Labor, and she definitely had flyers in her hand. ‘
Khan was widely expected to keep the keys to City Hall, although his lead over conservative rival Shaun Bailey has diminished in recent days over fears of the capital’s crime crisis.
Mr. Khan, along with his wife Saadiya and their dog Luna, were spotted bright and early Thursday at their polling station at St Albans Church in South London, ready to put their crosses in the box.
The Labor candidate was thought to win a second term – but worries after a wave of knife murders could rob him of a first-round victory in today’s election.
An Opinium poll this week found that 52 percent of Londoners believe tackling knife crime should be the next mayor’s top priority.
London elections have tightened, with a YouGov poll on Wednesday giving Mr Khan a 12-point lead, based on first preference votes, up from 21 points a month ago.
It suggested that Mr. Khan would win the match in a second round with Mr. Bailey by 59 percent to 41 percent.
Knife crime in the capital rose by more than 60 percent between May 2016, when Khan took office, and March last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Meanwhile, at the start of the dramatic Super Thursday battle, Boris Johnson voted amid signs he was on course to bring another wrecking ball to the Red Wall.
It turned out to be true today when the Tories captured the Labor stronghold of Hartlepool for the first time in history.
The Prime Minister cast his vote with fiancé Carrie Symonds in London as the pivotal series of elections got underway.
The Tories were buoyed by the latest poll that showed they have a massive 10 percentage point lead – driven by the success of the vaccine rollout.
Sir Keir Starmer has not yet commented on Hartlepool’s loss, which turned grim this morning.