After a gruelling seven-week election campaign, everything came down to the wire. At close to 7am on the morning of June 9th, more than 24 hours without sleep, and after two recounts, the result was declared – Farrelly 21,124, Meredith 21,094.
Today Newcastle Borough Council released the independent report into the administration of the General Election in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The report found that failings by the Returning Office and the Council led to 1,500 people being denied their democratic right to vote on June 8th.
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has ordered an independent review of the parliamentary election in Newcastle following a number of irregularities, including missing postal vote packs, denied proxy votes and voters incorrectly turned away from polling stations.
Owen Meredith, who is hoping to become the new Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme, has pledged to secure a feasibility study into reopening the Market Drayton branch line, or similar route to connect Newcastle with Stoke and HS2.