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Cabinet Office Discussed Postal Vote Tallying with Labour Party in January

Following a Freedom of Information request asking the Cabinet Office for copies of any communications relating to postal vote tallies, I have received a copy of this email exchange between the Labour Party and the Cabinet Office in January 2015,

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“The Labour Party (and no doubt others) want to tally as usual”: Electoral Commission in January

The Electoral Commission was passed a copy on January 14th 2015 of the Labour Party’s legal advice arguing that the counting of votes at postal vote openings was legal. This is confirmed in the following internal email from Bob Posner,

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Labour Party Argued in December that Postal Vote Counting Was Legal

On 29th December the Labour Party received legal advice from Gavin Millar QC of Matrix Chambers that the tallying or counting of postal votes at postal openings was not an offence under the Representation of the People Act. Why they

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