In that case, a rigorous audit of the register by the police and city council led to a drop of 80% in the number of registered postal votes in the two wards at the heart of the fraud, and more than 50% in four other wards. Report HERE.
I don't think all the spurious postal votes in Birmingham were Labour party fraud, for what it's worth. I think many of them were spurious immigrant registrations. As I blogged back in August last year;
'Combing out' a million unproductive immigrants and packing them off home may sound like a huge task, but it need not be. First we must abolish the automatic right of Commonwealth citizens to vote. Signing onto the electoral register opens up a whole world of bank accounts, social housing and benefits as well as access to utility accounts . Our electoral register is deeply corrupted with false entries and the unentitled. When one council started to undertake a house-by-house audit after a postal vote fraud scandal, their electoral role rapidly fell by 80% as the frauds withdrew. This would be replicated in all of our large towns and cities.The probity of our electoral registers is the key to the health of our democracy. We've neglected it at our peril. Only Commonwealth citizens who can verify both their identity and that they have exceptional leave to remain in the UK should be admitted to the register. Postal vote applications should be supported by a declaration signed by someone above fraud - and this won't include semi-literate village imams, self-proclaimed African ministers with a $30 degree in divinity from the Port Harcourt Postal School of Theology or new-age crystal healing Shamans. Sod them.
We need to tackle this petty corruption locally, at our grass roots, or not only Glenrothes but every election result will be open to corrosive doubt. Time to start the clean-up.