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    MP stripped of his Parliamentary seat by court

    ... for the first time in 100 years
    The former immigration minister Phil Woolas was ejected from parliament today after two high court judges ruled that he lied about his Liberal Democrat opponent during the general election, in a judgment that is likely to have profound implications for all future campaigns.

    Woolas claimed the ruling which also triggered a byelection and barred him from standing again for three years would "chill political speech", but the Lib Dem who challenged his 103 majority welcomed the decision, saying lying should play no part in democratic elections.
    Phil Woolas ejected from parliament over election slurs | UK news | The Guardian

    Talk about bitch slapped by the Judges

    The Judges have also demanded a by election. This will be highly interesting to watch considering the unpopularity of Lib Dems who came second in the last election


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    Re: MP stripped of his Parliamentary seat by court

    Oh god the ruling was based of him lying. If we had that here in the States we would never have any elected officials.

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    Re: MP stripped of his Parliamentary seat by court

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    ... for the first time in 100 years


    Phil Woolas ejected from parliament over election slurs | UK news | The Guardian

    Talk about bitch slapped by the Judges

    The Judges have also demanded a by election. This will be highly interesting to watch considering the unpopularity of Lib Dems who came second in the last election
    I'm really having a hard time expressing how disgusted I am at this entire concept. Ugh.
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    Re: MP stripped of his Parliamentary seat by court

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Oh god the ruling was based of him lying. If we had that here in the States we would never have any elected officials.
    Wouldn't even have non-elected ones *cough* Rove *cough*

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    Re: MP stripped of his Parliamentary seat by court

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    ... for the first time in 100 years


    Phil Woolas ejected from parliament over election slurs | UK news | The Guardian

    Talk about bitch slapped by the Judges

    The Judges have also demanded a by election. This will be highly interesting to watch considering the unpopularity of Lib Dems who came second in the last election
    Are LibDems particularly unpopular after the last election? Or do you mean their unpopularity in general? And why are the LibDems unpopular?
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: MP stripped of his Parliamentary seat by court

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Oh god the ruling was based of him lying. If we had that here in the States we would never have any elected officials.
    Not only that but yes. He made false accusations against his opponent and those lies led to him winning a seat. Not to mention he broke the law.

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Are LibDems particularly unpopular after the last election? Or do you mean their unpopularity in general? And why are the LibDems unpopular?
    Lib Dem support has fallen into single digit when before it wasn't. That is a very steep drop. Voters have left, councillors and MP's have defected to other parties.
    Lib Dems unpopularity is because they have to voters been seen to have left their roots, they have sided with the Conservatives and to Lib Dem Voters have abandoned some of their key pledges.
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    Re: MP stripped of his Parliamentary seat by court

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Oh god the ruling was based of him lying. If we had that here in the States we would never have any elected officials.
    You would have civilized and cheaper elections. All the money used on false attack adds would poof
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    Re: MP stripped of his Parliamentary seat by court

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    Not only that but yes. He made false accusations against his opponent and those lies led to him winning a seat. Not to mention he broke the law.
    Right I understand that, but I can't ever imagine something like this happening in the states. Lying and breaking the law seem to be widespread in our system.

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    Re: MP stripped of his Parliamentary seat by court

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    I'm really having a hard time expressing how disgusted I am at this entire concept. Ugh.
    The concept of lying about your opponent to gain advantage, or of being made lawfully accountable for your lies?
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    Re: MP stripped of his Parliamentary seat by court

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    You would have civilized and cheaper elections. All the money used on false attack adds would poof
    I have no problem with that.

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