Electoral Commission Attack the Police Over Referendum Investigation

After the Metropolitan Police’s legal letter responding to the latest loony Brexit lawsuit which eviscerated the Electoral Commission, the Electoral Commission have hit back strongly at the police themselves, accusing them of a “startling argument” and making “unfounded, misleading and incorrect” assertions:

“The letter from Metropolitan Police lawyers contains a number of assertions about the work of the Commission which are unfounded, misleading and incorrect. This a startling argument, put forward as part of an organisation’s defence of its record on timely investigatory work. It is also directly contrary to recent positive comment made by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner about collaborative working between our organisations. We are writing to her to seek urgent assurance of her position in relation to this correspondence.”

Bold move…

Met Police Slam Electoral Commission, Demolish Latest Loony Remoaner Lawsuit

FBPErs were wetting themselves with excitement recently over a fresh no-hope anti-Brexit lawsuit brought by Remainiac MPs Tom Brake, Ben Bradshaw and Caroline Lucas. The Met Police’s lawyers have now responded to the legal threat, it doesn’t make pretty reading at all for the Remainers. Not that it’s stopping lawsuit-happy lawyers having a field day creaming cash from gullible Remainers on cases that have no chance of success…

First off they point out that the MPs themselves have no relevance to the case themselves – as required by law to actually bring the case. They then note that the Remainers’ expensive lawyers, Bindmans, have “not cited a single authority” where the courts have intervened in a police investigation in the way they want – by forcing them to bring a prosecutorial decision or hand over their entire investigation to the CPS within fourteen days. Politicians attempting to use the courts to compel the police in this way is truly extraordinary, this is real kangaroo court stuff…

However the people who’ll be squirming most reading it are the hapless Electoral Commission. The police lawyers list a truly remarkable catalogue of fundamental errors made by the UK’s electoral regulator:

“The proposed claim appears to be premised on the assumption that… when the EC referred those matters to the MPS it supplied all potential relevant documents… That assumption is incorrect…

“When the EC referred the matters to the MPS, the EC did not provide the documentation from its own investigation as your Letter of Claim asserts. Instead the EC required the MPS to make a request for disclosure pursuant to the Data Protection Act 2018 (a process that the MPS does not consider was necessary)…

“That documentation was not indexed or organised in what the MPS considered to be a systematic or logical fashion. The EC did not provide (and has not provided) the MPS with a comprehensive schedule of all used and unused material held by the EC from its investigation of the kind that the police would compile in a criminal investigation.

“The EC’s approach to the gathering and disclosure of evidence does not appear to the MPS to have complied with the letter or the spirit of the Criminal Procedure and Investigation Act 1996 and associated guidance…

“The MPS formed the view that EC has not disclosed all the documents in its possession or control that are potentially relevant to its investigation. The MPS has sought further disclosure from the EC on a number of occasions… The MPS remains of the view that the EC has not disclosed all of the documents in its possession or control that are potentially relevant to MPS’ investigation.

“Your letter of claim has only served to reinforce this view.”

This is a staggering indictment of the levels of pure unbridled incompetence at the heart of the quango that is trusted to be judge, jury and executioner of the UK’s electoral system. No-one in their right mind would hand such a bunch of rank amateurs yet more discretionary power over the UK’s democracy, the Tories are sensibly pushing back against it. Yet more evidence that the Electoral Commission is simply unfit for purpose

UPDATE: The Electoral Commission have hit back strongly against the Police, accusing them of “unfounded, misleading and incorrect” assertions. Read their response in full here

Read the original letter in full below:

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Labour’s Laughable Law and Order Pitch

Jeremy Corbyn led his PMQs interrogation on the rising knife crime epidemic today, attacking the PM over reductions in police numbers. But Guido isn’t so sure that the Labour leadership’s newfound claims to be the best placed to secure law and order are accurate…

Just last month, Corbyn’s Labour Party voted against several measures that would have helped to combat the rising knife crime crisis. In the Lords, Labour voted against the introduction of Knife Crime Prevention Orders, which are designed to place curbs on those who routinely carry knives, and prevent gang escalation. In the Commons, they voted against an extra £970 million being made available to the police. Not a single Labour MP voted in favour…

Back in 2014, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell both voted against changing the law so anyone caught carrying a knife for a second time would face a custodial sentence. Corbyn said he would vote against the measure because it “looks tough”. Oh, and in 2005 the future Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said she wanted to dismantle the police…

 “We are not interested in reforming … the police, armed services, judiciary and monarchy. We are about dismantling them and replacing them with our own machinery of class rule.”

With a record like this it’s a brave move for Corbyn’s Labour now to be trying to portray themselves as the party of law and order…

UPDATE: Meanwhile, Shadow Policing Minister Louise Haigh has co-signed this letter to Theresa May today, saying:

“It was therefore remarkable to hear you claim again on Monday that “there is no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers”. Regrettably, this shows that you are in complete denial and senior officers across the country have said so.”

Who told the Today Programme in April last year: “We do not say that there is a direct correlation or a direct causal factor between the number of officers on the ground and the number[s] of crime”? Louise Haigh…

Police Rubbish Remoaner Conspiracy

Remoaners have been working themselves up into a tizzy over the last few weeks over an Open Democracy report which claimed that the police weren’t investigating the Leave campaigns due to “political sensitivities”. Carole was all over it, David Lammy had a Twitter tantrum while 74 MPs, Peers and MEPs including Vince Cable, Chuka Umunna and Lammy signed Ben Bradshaw and Molly Scott Cato’s cranky letter to the Police. Damian Collins even had a stern-looking Observer photoshoot

The Met Police’s response has left the conspiracy brigade looking incredibly silly. Far from “stalling” the investigation, the police revealed that they had only received over 2,000 documents relating to the case from the Electoral Commission last month and were therefore still assessing the documents. No conspiracy, just another Electoral Commission cock-up…

They also issued a stern rebuke to Bradshaw and Scott Cato’s suggestion that they had “been approached by government representatives to suggest that you soft-pedal this investigation due to political sensitivities”, revealing that the only people who had been putting them under political pressure were them and their fellow Remoaners:

“The operational independence of the police is central to our policing system. There has been no contact from any government representative making enquiries into the status of the MPS enquiries. The only approach from any elected politician, political party, official or representative has been your correspondence, or similar correspondence from other seeking the MPS undertakes a wide ranging investigation into the EU referendum.”

The only ones trying to externally influence the police are the ones shouting loudest about “police independence”…

Police Arrest Intruder Attempting to Climb Scaffolding on Parliament

An individual was arrested this afternoon after attempting to scale scaffolding outside Parliament, according to unconfirmed reports. Parliamentary authorities saY they are aware of an “incident”. Police presence has been intensified.

Authorities are not taking any risks…

UPDATE: Metropolitan Police confirm one male arrested on suspicion of trespass. Police scaling down now.

Top Tory Copper in MILF Porn Shocker

Paul Robinson PORN STASH

‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello, what’s going on here then? Humberside’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Paul Robinson used to be a Tory councillor before he landed the £45,000-a-year top cop job. At the time, fellow Tory and PCC Matthew Grove justified appointing his mate because he needed “someone who I have total trust and confidence in and who can fit this profile.” Jobs for the boys-in-blue…

As you can see above, Deputy Robinson’s Twitter ‘likes’ are bluer than a siren. The dirty perpetrator appears to have a penchant for MILF-themed porn, publicly ‘liking’ several photos of very x-rated pics. He also appears to be a fan of a dominatrix called Lady Sonia. Cuff him, boys…

Robinson has presumably committed a heterosexual version of Jack Dromey’s infamous error and forgotten his “likes” are there for all to see. Brings a new meaning to ‘roughing up the suspect’…

Daylight Robbery: Met Chain Themselves to £216 Million 10 Year IT Contract

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The Met Police are slashing their internal IT force and contracting out their tech operation to French company Steria. The deal is worth £216m over 10 years…

Techno is all for public bodies saving costs by shopping their IT off to the private sector, but by shackling themselves to a decade long multi-million pound deal the police are flying in the face of the advice given to government departments.

“We need to… give ourselves the option of short, flexible contracts, and make sure that technology choices don’t lock us in as our needs and organisations change.”

Expect any changes to the Steria contract in order to meet chancing police needs to incur hefty costs. Kerching!

Met Press Team Passed Journalists’ Phone Numbers to Coppers

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The Met Police press office handed over the telephone numbers of Sun journalists who had called up to check stories, to police officers who then spied on them to covertly identify sources. The revelation was made yesterday at The Investigatory Powers Tribunal where Sun lawyers expressed disbelief that police officers had used RIPA legislation that is supposed to be used to protect national security, to root out sources.

Earlier this year, three members of the Guido team sent off Freedom of Information requests to the Met asking whether the police had obtained call data from their phone using RIPA. The police refused to answer on the ground that it was a “vexatious or repeated request” and bizarrely accused Guido of colluding with Press Gazette to send the FoIs. He wasn’t…

Guido has called the Met Press office from his mobile. Are they using RIPA to snoop on his calls?

Chopper Cops Snoop on Michael McIntyre

The official National Police Air Service twitter account just tweeted a picture of the comedian Michael McIntyre taken without his knowledge from a helicopter. Showing they don’t respect the privacy of the innocent…

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Even celebs have a reasonable expectation of privacy from Big Brother state snooping. We’re not paying taxes for the Metropolitan Police to go around papping celebs from above. They still don’t get it…

UPDATE: Recently five Metropolitan Police Officers were sacked for taking photographs of members of the public and posting them online.

UPDATE 13:20 : After a Scotland Yard spokesman said there were no plans to remove the tweet and that “It does not constitute a breach of data protection as far as we know”, they deleted the tweet.

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