EXCLUSIVE: Labour is accused of breaking election rules after activist is filmed handing out leaflets for Sadiq Khan to voters queuing up for the polls
- The video was shot yesterday in Bow, east London, at a polling station line
- Footage confirmed the campaigner handing leaflets to members of the general public
- Strict rules forbid campaigning throughout the perimeters of a polling station
A Labour supporter campaigning for Sadiq Khan to turn into Mayor of London appeared to interrupt strict Electoral Commission rules – after handing out leaflets exterior a polling station.
The activist was captured on movie at Overland Children’s Centre in Bow, London the place members of the general public have been queuing to forged their votes.
Leaflets clearly displaying Mr Khan’s face got to individuals on the finish of the lengthy line as they waited to get their poll papers.
A spokeswoman for the Electoral Commission informed MailOnline this afternoon: ‘Parties and candidates are allowed to marketing campaign on polling day, however not throughout the perimeters of a polling station.
The man might be clearly seen with Sadiq Khan leaflets beside the polling station queue
The brief video confirmed him hand a leaflet to at least one man earlier than others spoke to him briefly
‘Anyone who is involved about exercise exterior a polling station ought to increase their considerations with the Returning Officer within the first occasion.’
MailOnline provided the video to the Labour Party for a remark however acquired no reply earlier than publication deadline.
Another voter mentioned the identical factor had occurred on the Tredegar Centre additionally in East London.
The eyewitness added: ‘My spouse was approached exterior one other polling station in Bow by a Labour activist handing out leaflets – she by no means obtained so far as accepting them as a result of we had postal votes we simply dropped off, so had really already voted.
Sadiq Khan, together with spouse Saadiya and their canine Luna, have been noticed vibrant and early at their polling station at St Albans Church in south London, able to put their crosses within the field
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Max Fosh – Independent
Laurence Fox – Reclaim Party
Peter Gammons – UKIP
Richard Hewison – Rejoin EU
Vanessa Hudson – Animal Welfare Party
Steven Kelleher – Social Democratic Party
Sadiq Khan – Labour 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 used to be handing them in on the time. The woman was undoubtedly Labour, and she or he undoubtedly had leaflets in her hand.’
Mr Khan had been extensively anticipated to retain the keys to City Hall, although his lead over Conservative rival Shaun Bailey has shrunk in latest days amid fears concerning the capital’s crime disaster.
Mr Khan, together with spouse Saadiya and their canine Luna, have been noticed vibrant and early at their polling station at St Albans Church in south London, on Thursday able to put their crosses within the field.
The Labour candidate was thought set to win a second time period – however worries following a spate of knife killings might deprive him of a primary spherical victory in at present’s election.
An Opinium survey this week confirmed 52 per cent of Londoners suppose tackling knife crime must be the following mayor’s high precedence.
The London election has tightened, with a YouGov ballot on Wednesday giving Mr Khan a 12-point lead, primarily based on first desire votes, down from 21 factors a month in the past.
It advised Mr Khan will win the competition in a second spherical run-off with Mr Bailey by 59 per cent to 41 per cent.
Knife crime within the capital has elevated by greater than 60 per cent between May 2016, when Mr Khan took workplace, and March final yr, in response to the Office for National Statistics.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson voted early within the dramatic Super Thursday battle amid indicators he was heading in the right direction to take a wrecking ball to the Red Wall once more.
It proved to be true at present because the Tories took Labour stronghold Hartlepool for the primary time in historical past.
The PM forged his poll together with fiancee Carrie Symonds in London because the essential set of elections obtained underway.
The Tories had been boosted by the most recent ballot displaying they’ve an enormous 10-percentage level lead – pushed by the success of the vaccine rollout.
Sir Keir Starmer has but to touch upon the loss of Hartlepool, rising grim confronted this morning.