Electoral Campaigns in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • R v Rowe, ex parte Mainwaring
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 24 Mar 1992

    Some consideration was given during argument to the standard of proof required to establish a breach of the subsection. If a person is found guilty of a corrupt practice under section 115 he is liable to be prosecuted on indictment. Furthermore he may be the subject of severe electoral disqualifications under section 160(4). If there is a prosecution there is no doubt that the case must be proved to the criminal standard of proof.

  • Gough v Local Sunday Newspapers (North) Ltd and Another (No. 2); Field v Local Sunday Newspapers (North) Ltd (No.2)
    • Queen's Bench Division
    • 01 Mar 2002

    Mr Gough was directly involved in the decision to make the application under rule 47. Mr Field told him that he agreed to the application being made if it could properly be done. The question which Mr Gough had to decide was whether, in the circumstances which had arisen, it was permissible to apply under rule 47. It was incumbent upon Mr Gough, who had been asked to advise about the feasibility of using rule 47, to address all these questions.

    Mr Gough came to the conclusion that on balance an application could be made and that it could be made by the returning officer. It will be apparent from the findings which I earlier made as to the applicable electoral law that it is my view that Mr Gough reached the wrong answers on each of the above questions. But Mr Moloney rightly says that it does not necessarily follow that Mr Gough was negligent.

  • R (Begum (Sultana)) v Tower Hamlets London LBC
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 27 Abr 2006

    Generally speaking, public bodies should be kept to their promises. A public body should not be permitted to resile from a legitimate expectation which it has created in the minds of those members of the public to whom the undertaking which gave rise to the expectation was addressed, or who were affected by the practice which confirmed that expectation, and from which it would be an abuse of the process to resile.

  • R (Island Farm Development Ltd) v Bridgend County Borough Council
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 25 Ago 2006

    The reality is that Councillors must be trusted to abide by the rules which the law lays down, namely that, whatever their views, they must approach their decision-making with an open mind in the sense that they must have regard to all material considerations and be prepared to change their views if persuaded that they should.

  • Pro-Life Alliance v BBC
    • House of Lords
    • 15 May 2003

    In a society based upon the rule of law and the separation of powers, it is necessary to decide which branch of government has in any particular instance the decision-making power and what the legal limits of that power are. That is a question of law and must therefore be decided by the courts.

  • Watt (formerly Carter) v Ahsan
    • House of Lords
    • 21 Nov 2007

    It is true that the severity of this rule is tempered by a discretion to allow the issue to be re-opened in subsequent proceedings when there are special circumstances in which it would cause injustice not to do so: see Arnold v National Westminster Bank plc [1991] 2 AC 93. As Lord Keith of Kinkel said (at p 109), the purpose of the estoppel is to work justice between the parties.

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Legislation
  • Referendums (Scotland) Act 2020
    • Scotland
    • 1 de Enero de 2020
    ...... affirmative procedure, the Scottish Ministers must consult the Electoral Commission on the wording of the question before a draft of any instrument ... the treasurer to be read in certain cases as references to the campaigns officer) applies for the purposes of this Act as it applies for the ......
  • The Scottish Elections (Details to appear on Election Material) Regulations 2020
    • Scotland
    • 1 de Enero de 2020
    ......(6) of the 2000 Act, the Scottish Ministers have consulted the Electoral Commission. . S-1 . Citation and commencement Citation and commencement ... . (v) a registered campaigns officer under section 25(1) of the 2000 Act 12 (parties with campaigns ......
  • The Scottish Elections (Details to appear on Election Publications) Regulations 2020
    • Scotland
    • 1 de Enero de 2020
    ......(7) of the 2015 Order, the Scottish Ministers have consulted the Electoral Commission. . S-1 . Citation and commencement Citation and commencement ... . (v) a registered campaigns officer under section 25(1) of the 2000 Act 11 (parties with campaigns ......
  • Recall of MPs Act 2015
    • England & Wales
    • 1 de Enero de 2015
    ....... . . Northern Ireland . The Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland. . . . (2) References in this Act to a ... . (3) In section 25 (parties with campaigns officers)-. . . (a) in subsection (2), after "VII" insert "and Schedules ......
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Books & Journal Articles
  • Crowdsourcing Campaigns: A New Dataset for Studying British Parties’ Electoral Communications
    • Núm. 19-3, Agosto 2021
    • Political Studies Review
    Parties’ electoral communications play a central role in British campaigns. Yet, we know little about the nature of the material contained in these communications and how parties’ campaign messages...
  • The Instrumental Voter Goes To the Newsagent
    • Núm. 19-3, Julio 2007
    • Journal of Theoretical Politics
    This article studies the impact of instrumental voting on information demand and mass media behaviour during electoral campaigns. If voters act instrumentally then i...
    ...... voting on information demand and mass media behaviour during electoral campaigns. If voters act instru- mentally then information demand should ......
  • Going public against institutional constraints? Analyzing the online presence intensity of 2014 European Parliament election candidates
    • Núm. 17-2, Junio 2016
    • European Union Politics
    Political parties and candidates have not been immune to the changes that the Internet and social media have introduced in electoral campaigns. Yet, as the use of digital media by political elites ...
    ...... that the Internet and social media have introduced in electoral campaigns. Yet, as the use of digital media ......
  • The effect of voters’ economic perception, Brexit and campaigns on the evaluation of party leaders over time
    • Núm. 22-2, Mayo 2020
    • British Journal of Politics and International Relations
    When and why do voters change their evaluation of party leaders? Voters’ evaluations of party leaders are an increasingly important determinant of electoral behaviour. Which factors influence these...
    ...... do voters change their evaluation of party leaders? Voters’ evaluations of party leaders are an increasingly important determinant of electoral behaviour. Which factors influence these evaluations of party leaders? Do voters evaluate party leaders who hold the office of prime minister ......
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Law Firm Commentaries
  • Disinformation And ‘Fake News': Data Implications Of The Select Committee Report
    • Mondaq UK
    ...... into a range of issues, including the extent to which electoral law is fit for purpose, the use of data analytics in political campaigns ......
  • Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation publishes final report on “online targeting”
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    On February 4, 2020, the United Kingdom’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (“DEI”) published its final report on “online targeting” (the “Report”), examining practices used to monitor a person...
    ...... should increase coordination of their digital literacy campaigns. The DEI supports the UK government’s plans for to ensure online ......
  • Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation Publishes Final Report on “Online Targeting”
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    On February 4, 2020, the United Kingdom’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (“DEI”) published its final report on “online targeting” (the “Report”), examining practices used to monitor a person...
    ...... should increase coordination of their digital literacy campaigns. The DEI supports the UK government’s plans for to ensure online ......
  • Public Law Case Update - December 2018
    • Mondaq UK
    ...... in the law on referendum expenses - R (The Good Law Project) v Electoral Commission and others; Rules of interpretation (2) - applying the ejusdem ... interpreted the legislation which limited spending on referendum campaigns by permitted participants. Vote Leave (a permitted participant in the ......
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