Election fraud has been allowed to take place in Muslim communities because of â€œpolitical correctnessâ€, a major report finds as it calls for unprecedented reforms to the British voting system.
In a report commissioned by the Government, Sir Eric Pickles, the former Conservative Cabinet minister, today warns that the authorities are in a â€œstate of denialâ€ and are â€œturning a blind eyeâ€ to election fraud.
He said that there is evidence of voter fraud â€œespecially in communities of Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgroundâ€ but that the cases have been ignored because of â€œover-sensitivities about ethnicity and religionâ€.
Sir Eric warns that â€œchallenging issuesâ€ over community cohesion should never be an â€œexcuseâ€ for failing to â€œuphold the rule of law and protect British libertiesâ€.
Sir Ericâ€™s report makes a series of recommendations to Theresa May, the Prime Minister, and calls for people to require identification when they are voting and for police cordons around polling stations to prevent intimidation.
He also calls for officials at polling stations to be banned from speaking any language other than English and says that it should be made a criminal offense to attempt to influence someone to vote for a candidate because of their religion ... READ MORE >>>RELATED POSTS: Immigration omnibus