The SKWAWKBOX

As the SKWAWKBOX revealed on Friday night, Theresa May appears to have broken electoral law during her question and answer session with a BBC Question Time audience.

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In front of a television audience of millions, May alleged that Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott had advocated the removal of the DNA samples of ‘criminals and terrorists’ from police databases.

Abbott has, of course, done nothing of the sort. She has advocated the removal of the DNA of innocent people, because it infringes on our civil liberties, disproportionately affects ethnic minorities and includes the DNA of, for example, victims of crimes such as rape.

The Representation of the People Act 1983 states that making a false statement about the character or conduct of a candidate is an illegal practice:

representation-of-the-peoples-act-excerpt-false-statementsMay certainly cannot claim belief and reasonable grounds for belief that her false statement about Diane Abbott was true.

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