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Elwyn Watkins statement

November 5, 2010 1:12 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Following today's ruling in Oldham East and Saddleworth, which found former Labour immigration minister and current shadow immigration minister Phil Woolas guilty of knowingly making false statements during the 2010 general election campaign, Elwyn Watkins said:

"This verdict is a historic victory for the people of Oldham East and Saddleworth, a victory for fair play and a victory for clean politics.

"Anyone who knowingly lies to the voters or looks to set constituent against constituent has no place in a democracy.

"I hope this judgment makes it very clear that if you deceive your constituents you should be kicked out of Parliament."