Monday, 24 March 2014

Fact 1 Barry Elliot was in a polling station at Cowpen shouting at staff. He lives in Wensleydale. He may have upset the staff but did not commit a crime.

Fact 1 Barry Elliot was in a polling station at Cowpen shouting at staff. He lives in Wensleydale. He may have upset the staff but did not commit a crime.

Fact 2 Grant Davey was in a number of polling stations on behalf of the Labour Party to ask presiding officers how many constituents had polled. He lives in Kitty Brewster. This activity is undertaken County wide by all parties and independent candidates. He did not commit a crime.

Fact 3 Susan Davey was not in any polling station. She did not commit a crime.

Statement of fact:
We are aware of a number of allegations on social media sites concerning the outcome of the local election on May 2013 and in particular the Cowpen ward.

We are also familiar with the concerns raised and have fully co-operated with Northumbria Police in its investigation. At no time have we been accused of any offence and have received in October 2013 confirmation from the CPS that no charges would be brought against others as there was insufficient evidence to provide realistic prospects of conviction for any offence.

Allegations by the UKIP party to the contrary are entirely false and without basis in fact or law.

Northumberland County Council, who ran the election, has well established and robust systems in place for managing local elections.
Susan and Grant Davey.

Fact 4 At the election count 31 votes from Cowpen ward were classified as 'spoiled' due to being incorrectly completed. Spoiled papers are commonplace, it is a voters democratic right to spoil their papers if they so wish and abstain from the democratic process. Agents and Candidates from all parties involved in the election are called together and on the day, they agreed with the election officer which were spoiled voting papers.

Fact 5 The 'others' referred to were not members of the Labour Party.

Fact 6 No agent from any party involved, lodged an appeal with Northumberland County Council in regard to this election.