Tory candidate to appear in court on vote plot charge

November 14th, 2007 - 10:31 am ICT by admin  

They are among seven men accused of electoral fraud following a lengthy police investigation into alleged malpractice in Bradford, mostly relating to the use of postal ballots.

An article in The Times that exposed postal voting irregularities in the Bradford West constituency during the 2005 general election campaign prompted the criminal inquiry.

Those charged include Haroon Rashid, 37, from Buckinghamshire, who stood as the unsuccessful Tory candidate in Bradford West. Rashid has been a member of the Conservative Party for more than 15 years and an active campaigner for increased Asian representation.

Also due to appear before Bradford magistrates on Wednesday are two former Conservative councillors in the city, Jamshed Khan, 53, and Reis Khan, 38.

Both lost the party whip when they were arrested during the police inquiry. (ANI)

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