Low penalty fraud

ex-Councillor Khanex-Councillor Khan

Eshaq Khan, the Slough Tory Councillor convicted of vote rigging has been banned from public office for 5 years, expelled from the Conservative party and has lost his council seat. He is just one of many fraudsters who have almost been encouraged to manipulate the postal voting system, so childishly easy is this to do. However, it's almost worth doing if this is the only punishment. Being a Councillor brings lots of financial benefits and business opportunities and many suspected electoral frauds are not investigated because it is time consuming and expensive. Surely such a conviction should result in being banned from public life permanently? Also there should be a big fine and most of all imprisonment, if New Labour can find a spare bed, to deter others from making more of our cities a ' disgrace to a banana republic'.
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