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Well, well, well!! The Electoral Commission MUST investigate, especially those postal votes! Elaine
Labour's by-election victory is marred by claims that a convicted vote rigger was at the centre of campaign after he was pictured with Corbyn and new MP at centre of anti-Semitism storm
By Brendan Carlin and Ross Slater For The Mail On Sunday
23:37 08 Jun 2019, updated 21:03 09 Jun 2019
Tariq Mahmood received 15-month prison sentence in 2008 for voter fraud
Local Conservatives claimed Mahmood was 'front and centre' of the campaign
Labour branded the allegation 'false and baseless' yesterday and said he was 'not involved in any way'
Ex-local Labour branch secretary Tariq Mahmood received a 15-month prison sentence in 2008 for his part in a scheme to fabricate votes for a Peterborough council election
Labour’s narrow victory in the Peterborough by-election was marred last night by claims that a convicted vote rigger was at the centre of their campaign.
Jeremy Corbyn faced claims that an ex-Labour member jailed for a postal vote scam had provided vital help in fighting off Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party by just 683 votes.
Ex-local Labour branch secretary Tariq Mahmood received a 15-month prison sentence in 2008 for his part in a scheme to fabricate votes for a Peterborough council election.
But local Tories claimed Mahmood, pictured sporting a red rosette at the by-election count, was ‘front and centre’ of Labour’s bid to mobilise the Muslim vote.
He was also photographed with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last month, as well as being pictured with eventual by-election winner Lisa Forbes.
Labour branded the allegation ‘false and baseless’ yesterday, saying that he was ‘not involved in the running of Labour’s campaign in any way’.
Party sources also claimed it was ‘factually incorrect’ to claim Labour had won because of the Muslim vote, pointing out that Peterborough was ‘82.5 per cent white’.
But the row erupted after Labour MPs privately told The Mail on Sunday they were hoping the sizeable Muslim vote would come to the party’s rescue last week.
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Last night, Wayne Fitzgerald, deputy leader of the Conservative-run Peterborough council, said: ‘Tariq Mahmood is a villain and he was front and centre of the Labour campaign within the Muslim community.
We receive repeated reports of postal fraud and personation within the largely urban central parts of the city where the Labour vote is strongest.’
Former Peterborough Tory MP Stewart Jackson said: ‘Tariq Mahmood should not be involved in politics at all. He has a record for voter fraud and the fact that he is so close to the Labour campaign speaks volumes about the rottenness of the current Labour Party.’
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