William Eichler 13 May 2016

Barnet couldn’t ‘run a whelk stall’ let alone EU vote, Assembly says

Barnet couldn’t ‘run a whelk stall’ let alone EU vote, Assembly says image

Barnet should not be allowed to oversee the EU referendum after the ‘chaos’ of their local elections, the London Assembly says.

The Assembly today agreed a motion calling on the Electoral Commission and London Elects to take over the running of Barnet's election administration before June 23.

The motion said the Assembly had ‘no confidence that Barnet could run a whelk stall’ let alone become organised before the EU referendum.

On May 5 the council sent out the wrong electoral lists to polling stations, an error that left some people unable to vote.

Assembly members also requested an urgent review of the state of the council’s electoral register, which the motion described as ‘worryingly deficient’, and proposed Camden should manage the EU vote in Barnet.

Andrew Dismore AM, who proposed the motion said: ‘The EU referendum is a crucial moment in the UK's future. The chaos caused by Barnet Council's inability to properly administer the London elections throws serious doubt on their ability to oversee the referendum.

‘Until we can be sure Barnet have fully understood and rectified the problems that led to last week's meltdown, the Electoral Commission should step in to ensure the smooth running of the EU referendum in June.’

Pushing for real reform image

Pushing for real reform

The pandemic was a game changer for the central/local government relationship, says Joanne Roney, who has started her two-year stint as president of Solace.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Part Time Occupational Therapist - Children & Families

Essex County Council
£39168 - £42254 per annum
Part Time Occupational Therapist - Children & Families - ColchesterPermanent, Part Time£30,906 to £42,254 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

School Crossing Patrol Officer

Essex County Council
Up to £8.92 per hour
School Crossing Patrol Officer Temporary, Term Time £8.92 per hour Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Associate Educational Psychologist

Essex County Council
Up to £450.00 per day + Limited
Associate Educational Psychologist Temporary, Part-Time £450 Ltd per day Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Team Manager - SGO and Connected Person Fostering

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Team Manager - Special Guardianship Order and Connected Person FosteringPermanent, Full Time£47,405 to £58,727 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Duty Senior - Assessment and Intervention

Essex County Council
£39168 - £47405 per annum + + Free Parking & Benefits Package
Duty Senior - Assessment and Intervention - Chelmsford basedPermanentFull Time£39,168 to £47,405 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue