I think I've caught out Mr Uppal in a little bit of sharp practice, to put it mildly. He told Parliament (15th September):
I ask the Minister to take on board my deep concern about postal voting fraud. Although I welcome individual registration, I fear that it will not wholly tackle that problem, to which I have referred before.
In my constituency-I must choose my words carefully, because the case is currently being investigated by the Electoral Commission-200 more votes were cast than electoral ballots were issued. I want to impress on the Minister a point that was raised with me recently by a constituent. He said that Labour Members were going from door to door asking if people wanted them to help them to fill out postal voting forms.
So I asked the Electoral Commission:
Can you inform me whether you are investigating any complaints about electoral fraud in Wolverhampton South West in relation to the 2010 General Election?
They said (my emphasis):
Thank you for your email to the Electoral Commission.
The Commission is not investigating any allegation of fraud in Wolverhampton South West. We made initial enquiries about an error in the count at the 2010 general election. However the matter was closed with no further action as a result of all parties accepting the result of the count.
Oh dear. Lazy Paul hasn't been quite careful enough with his words. The EC isn't 'investigating' at all. He used the word 'fraud', whereas the EC and all the candidates, including him, officially agreed that 'an error' was insignificant.
Now I don't want to rush to judgement (until my Freedom of Information request to the West Midlands Police comes back) but it looks to me like Uppal's playing silly beggars and abusing his position as an MP. What do you reckon?
Update: fresh from the Electoral Commission:
We are aware of Mr. Uppal MP statement and we will be contacting him to clarify the matter with him.