He's probably basing it on how close the declared result was (i.e. saying that the Tories should have been able to win it, rather than saying that the irregularities swung it over to Labour).
After all, given that Students were one of the major groups affected by the irregularities, it would be a very bold claim to say that they definitely depressed the Tory vote more than they depressed the Labour one.
Post by barnabymarder on Nov 28, 2017 10:57:55 GMT
Although it wasn't just the university campus polling station that was affected, the other areas were also predominantly & traditionally Labour. There is no doubt that these irregularities depressed Farrelly's majority to a considerable extent though it's very hard to put an accurate figure on what it would have been without them - I'd hazard a guess at about 600 on the basis of information I've had from a friend who is on Newcastle-under-Lyme Council. The local Tories are well aware of this and that's no doubt why they show no signs of challenging the result. Heads are likely to roll as a result of what happened with the register.
Sad than this report doesn't mention what should be obvious recommendations. A ban on consultants doing the job that should be done by council employees and/or strict professionnal liability for those consultants.