Politicians head to the polls… as voters in Barnet are turned away

Written by David Singleton on 5 May 2016 in Diary

Chief rabbi was among those sent away as Barnet Council detected ‘problems with our electoral registration lists’.

Senior politicians have cast their votes in the London mayoral and local elections – as others were turned away from voting in the north London borough of Barnet.

Labour’s mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya arrived at a polling station in Streatham, south London, this morning. Meanwhile Khan's rival Zac Goldsmith and wife Alice headed to a polling station in the Barnes suburb of south west London.

In what has been dubbed 'Super Thursday', elections are taking place for 124 English councils, the Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland and Welsh Assemblies, as well as for police and crime commissioners.

Also casting their votes this morning were Jeremy Corbyn and David Cameron. The Labour leader gave a thumbs-up to photographers as he entered the polling station in his constituency in Islington, north London. Asked what results he was hoping for in the elections, he added: "We’ll know tonight."

The Conservative leader and his wife Samantha were photographed as they entered and exited a polling station in Westminster.



But as senior politicians cast their votes, others were turned away from voting in the north London borough of Barnet after the wrong electoral register lists were printed for polling stations. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and his wife Valerie were among those sent away from polling stations in the Barnet area.

Any problems in Barnet would potentially hit the Conservatives hardest as the area is home to three Tory constituencies. Chipping Barnet is represented by Theresa Villiers, Hendon is held by Matthew Offord and the MP for Finchley and Golders Green is Mike Freer.

Barnet council said in a statement early on Thursday: “We are aware of problems with our electoral registration lists this morning at polling stations in Barnet which have meant that a number of people who had not brought their polling card with them were unable to vote. We are working to resolve this issue and the updated registers have been sent to all the polling stations, which we expect to be in place by 10am. In the meantime, people who have their polling cards with them are able to vote."

The problem appeared to have been fixed at 10.40am when the council put out a new statement. It said: "All the updated electoral registers are now in place and people can vote as normal. We are advising people who were unable to vote this morning to return again before the polling stations close if at all possible. We apologise for the problems voters have experienced."




All pictures by Press Association.


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