It was widely reported by most of the UK tabloids and denied by the BBC but the Electoral Commission who is the independent body which oversees elections knew of the offence and issued a warning.
This might of happen a year ago but is nobody interested what happened regarding the complaints about Laura Kuenssberg?
Laura Kuenssberg shared information that she had received from sources who had access to ballots received in the post the day before election day. Laura said that while parties are not supposed to look at voting papers when they are verified - but not counted - at opening sessions, they do "get a hint" of how they are doing. She went on to say; on both sides people are telling me that the postal votes that are in are looking pretty grim for Labour in a lot of parts of the country.
She is clearly indicating that the ballots were looked at, which is in breach of the law as is her reporting of it. The question remains; How do they get a hint at what is happening?
Kuenssberg’s comments were made after being asked about voter turnout in Thursday’s election during a live interview with the 'BBC Two' show on the Wednesday before election day.
The Electoral Commission posted a statement on Twitter shortly after Laura’s broadcast, which said: "It may be an offence to communicate any information obtained at postal vote opening sessions, including about votes cast, before a poll has closed.
The BBC has said its political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, did not break electoral law when she reported claims that postal ballots painted a “grim” picture for Labour. The story which broke around December 2019 and seems to have been swept under the carpet. The video footage was then removed from the BBC website.
There’s something very wrong here?
Why Has This Not Been Investigated?
The national media also reported that Laura Kuenssberg was reported to police by members of the public including Labour peer Andrew Adonis after she appeared to break election laws just hours before polling stations opened their doors. She was also reported to the broadcast watchdog Ofcom for breaching the Representation of the People Act.
Historian and human rights activist Craig Murray tweeted: “This is extremely important. We all have evidence specifically showing that Laura Kuenssberg has received illegal information and herself broadcast illegal information.
When you and I are reported to the police – things happen but not to Laura. It seems that Laura Kuenssberg and the BBC are above the law.
The Representation of the People Act 1983 clearly defines the law, stating:
“No person shall, in the case of an election to which this section applies, publish before the poll is closed […] any statement relating to the way in which voters have voted at the election where that statement is (or might reasonably be taken to be) based on information given by voters after they have voted, or b) any forecast as to the result of the election which is (or might reasonably be taken to be) based on information so given.”
If Laura Kuenssberg has knowingly participated in this illegal activity, as appears to be the case, she should report herself to the Police and make a full apology to the public and the BBC, and the BBC should give that apology headline status in main news bulletins.
If she has misled the public, and the information she reported was not based on factual reports, she should make a full apology to the public and BBC, and the BBC should give that apology headline status in main news bulletins.
What does the Law say?
Did Laura Kuenssberg break the law? Seemingly not, as she was not involved with the count.
An Electoral Commission spokesman said: 'Anyone attending a postal vote opening session has a duty to maintain secrecy.
What does Ofcom say?
Did Laura Kuenssberg breach Ofcom restrictions? Seemingly not, they only apply to the election day. Journalists are bound by broadcasting rules set by Ofcom, but they concern impartiality and what is aired on the day of the vote.
What do the BBC guidelines say? According to the 2019 BBC producer guidelines – as posted by former BBC Newsnight correspondent Paul Mason on Twitter – on the day of a vote “it is a criminal offence to publish details of how people have voted in the elections”. Did Laura Kuenssberg breach the BBC's rules? Seemingly not, they only apply to the election day.
A Disgraceful Lack of Respect Laura
The interview by Laura Kuenssberg with Boris Johnson on Friday 24. July is so disrespectful that I won’t be showing it here. Cutting Boris off mid sentence on numerous occasions, trying to put words into his mouth and suggesting that he is dishonest starting questions with “Isn’t it time to be honest”. Boris kept his cool and handled it very well.
Laura hit an all-time low in journalism.
The typical aggressive, biased approach (did you fuck it up Prime Minister) from a journalist who seems to revel in humiliating Britain’s Prime Minister at every opportunity did her merry dance failing to address the real reasons why over 40.000 people have died so far from COVID-19 in the UK.
Statistics Show That Millions Ignored Lockdown
If Laura calls those fools who ignored lockdown fools, then tomorrow she doesn’t have an audience, so she blames Boris.