Police To Investigate Lambeth Council Elections

 

Lambeth Town Hall

Lambeth Town Hall

The Metropolitan Police are investigating whether any criminal offence has been committed after a Labour councillor was forced to resign when it was discovered she was ineligible to stand in the recent local elections.

Former councillor Sonia Wilfrid stood for election in the Knights Hill ward of the borough; however as an employee of Lambeth Council, she was barred from becoming a councillor. Wilfrid is employed as a teaching assistant in Clapham Manor School.

Wilfrid has called the error an “innocent and silly mistake”, however it will also be an expensive one for the council, as a Freedom of Information request revealed the cost of the resulting by-election for the seat will be £15,835.

The Met told the Brixton Buzz website:

“We can confirm we have received an allegation that a candidate in the recent local elections in Lambeth was ineligible to stand for election.

“Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime and Operations Command are investigating the allegation and enquiries continue. No arrests at this stage.”

The by-election for the seat will take place on 14 August 2014.

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  • Dave

    “… illegible to stand…” !?

    • Andy Thornley

      Corrected.

  • fried_egg

    How can these people expect us to believe they are suitable for a job working on policy and scrutiny if they make “silly little errors” on something “so easy” – and even more questionable is the role of a major party at vetting what they were doing.

  • duckie

    Wow the Met must be running out of things to do- People make mistakes, even people who go into politics. People make them on their tax forms, they make them as parents, they make them all the time – except of course for the perfect who write new articles on websites and comment on the forums of such websites