Thursday, 9 March 2017


ACCORDING to the website ROCHDALE ONLINE the police have begun an investigation into a report of electoral fraud in Rochdale, concerning to the 2015 local elections.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson has said:
'On Tuesday 7 February 2017, police received a report of electoral fraud, which relates to the 2015 local elections in Rochdale.'

A spokesman for Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council has said: 'We are aware a complaint has been made.'

We have no idea of which ward or wards that the police are investigating, but Northern Voices was always concerned about the apparent statistical anomaly of the odd results in Central Rochdale ward, and particularly in the Milkstone and Deeplish ward seen below: 

Milkstone & Deeplish
Party Candidate Votes % ±

Labour Mohammed Zaman 3,335 77.7 +10.5

UKIP Rifat Mahmood 364 8.5 +2.4

Liberal Democrat John Swarbrick 260 6.1 +2.0

Conservative Keith Taylor 211 4.9 -9.0

Green Sarah Bibi 120 2.8 +2.8
Majority 2,971 69.2 +17.6
Turnout 4,290

Labour hold Swing +4.1

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