Plymouth City Council presided over a series of shambles and mistakes in the 2017 General Election. Thanks to the mishandling of the election hundreds of people were denied their vote. This is not good enough.
To help the Electoral Commission I am calling for members of the public who had difficulty voting in the 2017 General Election to send me their experiences so I can share a bulk submission of views with the Commission. I know some people have already sent views directly to the Electoral Commission. In my discussion with the Electoral Commission I made it clear that I would be happy to co-ordinate responses. If you were caught up in the election shambles I want to make sure your voice is heard. Please send me your views.
This week I met with the Electoral Commission to discuss what happened in Plymouth. I want a full, detailed and swift inquiry into the series of failures made by the Conservative-run Plymouth City Council. I want to know whether Tory cuts had an impact on the mistakes and who should be held accountable.
The series of mistakes did not impact on the final result but whether people wanted to vote Labour, Conservative or for one of the minor parties their vote should be counted. Missing the entire ward of Efford and Lipson from the final figures on polling night isn't good enough - especially when this was flagged by Labour Party volunteers on the night.
I'm pleased the Electoral Commission has appointed such a strong lead for the inquiry. At present I have no faith in the Conservative and UKIP-run council to run elections. I want to see people held responsible for the series of mistakes made in the 2017 General Election. The absence of leadership from councillors and officers has been very worrying. Trust needs to be restored to Plymouth's elections and that starts with a detailed and thorough inquiry.
Send your views
There are two ways to send your views.
1) Send them to me and I'll collate views and send a bulk submission to the Electoral Commission (if you'd prefer your views to be anonymous please let me know).
2) Send your experiences directly to the Electoral Commission via their contact form here. Remember to state Plymouth City Council 2017 General Election handling in your submission.