Kevin Pearson’s Illegal Election Leaflets

News reaches me that Kevin Pearson’s election leaflets are illegal.  (I have also since seen one of his leaflets)

He has not included the imprint on his leaflets. An imprint is added to election material to show who is responsible for its production. It helps to ensure that there is transparency about who is campaigning. Under the Representation of the People Act 1983, there are rules about putting imprints on election material. Election material is any material that can be reasonably regarded as intended to promote or procure the election of a candidate at an election.
On printed material such as leaflets and posters, you must include the name and address of:  the printer, and the promoter. The promoter is the person who has authorised the material to be printed. This may be the person notified to RMBC as the ‘responsible person’, or someone authorised by them to incur spending. You can use either home or office addresses. It is an offence for a printer or promoter to publish printed election material without an imprint.
Given that Cllr. John Ireland  and his wife signed Mr. Pearson’s nomination papers and Cllr. Myles Manship is reported to have had some input into Kevin Pearson’s election leaflets is it not strange nobody mentioned or noticed the lack of an imprint?

The potential consequences of a breach of these requirements are serious. If the promoter of the material or any other person by whom the material is so published or the printer of the document commits this offence, they are liable to a fine of up to £5,000. I understand DC. Philip Butterworth of South Yorkshire Police and Claire Wardle Electoral Services Manager at RMBC are investigating this breach of electoral law.

If Kevin Pearson omits simple important legal information from his election leaflets why does he think he is a suitable candidate for election as a parish councillor?

 

 

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17 Responses to Kevin Pearson’s Illegal Election Leaflets

  1. jon says:

    Election update. 46 votes as at 11 am, plus any postal.

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  2. bernard says:

    Today is election day. Let the people decide. If Mr Pearson is elected, then someone will have to report him. Let’s see what happens.

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  3. Tom says:

    I find it very offensive for you to accuse me of taking drugs I am a family man and very proud of it I think the only person on drugs it’s probably you you probably had some when you measured up for the container At the recreation ground

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  4. Kev pearson says:

    Watchmen let me make this quite clear I know but you don’t there is also another Anston parish councillor in the North Ward contemplating whether or not to resign as it is in the North Ward another election can be forced and trust me the imprint will be on my leaflets next time and when I challenge Clive jeppesen for borough councillor you think the story ends here sorry it doesn’t Anston Parish Council will be now forced into election on every empty seat as for threatening me with South Yorkshire police that’s something you do it every meeting just another challenge to look forward to

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    • Watchman says:

      It is no secret an APC councillor will resign. People who keep their ears open or read the minutes will see who is a regular non attender at parish meetings.
      You make claims in your leaflet about parish council costs. Is it your declared intention to spend £6-£8k of Anston taxpayers money every time there is a parish or borough election? The two things do not add up but I’ll leave that to your conscience and Anston residents.

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  5. Kev pearson says:

    Due to the treatment I have received from this site and it’s so called counsellors I really don’t care whether I’m elected or not in fact if I am elected don’t be surprised if I refuse to take the seat as far as I’m concerned Anston Parish Council chairman has tried to influence the electorate bye directing a letter into the election area that letter will be sent to the Standards Board and South Yorkshire police anybody would think I am the only person standing in this election as it would appear there’s only my name be mentioned as a candidate which leads me to believe this site and Anston Parish Council councillors have something to hide

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    • Watchman says:

      Feeling touchy Mr.Pearson?
      You have not included the imprint on your election leaflets as you are required by law to do so.
      Neither of the other two candidates has made the same mistake. If you hadn’t omitted the imprint nothing would have been said.
      Ignorance of the law is no defence.

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  6. Tom says:

    Once again Watchman there was only you to mention Stephen Smith the chap that you know nothing about are you afraid to post this

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  7. Myles Manship says:

    I see the ill informed site has cited false information again like its plucked from thin air. I have had no input in this election what so ever nor created or printed Mr Pearsons leaflets please cite sources and show evidence that backs up what you are saying. Please remove my name from the above message as i do not want to be seen showing favour or negative feedback towards any of the future candidate’s i may have to work with in the future.
    Kind regards
    Myles

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    • Watchman says:

      If you read the article properly you will see it says ‘……..reported to have had some input’. There is no claim nor assertion you created or printed the leaflet.
      As I understand it you are on quite friendly terms with Mr. Pearson?

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  8. christine sadler says:

    well lets face it Kevin has to be our best bet for Anston when you look at the opposition who are so far up themselves with what they will do, all of which a 6 month old baby can tell you haven’t a hope of happening, well not in this life. What is Drew Tarmey sticking his oar in what is essentially a non political election, shame on the lot of you for using this parish for your own ego.

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    • Watchman says:

      Are you criticising all your fellow councillors Mrs. Sadler?
      If you have a problem with Drew Tarmey’s conduct you can write to Dermot Pearson, Monitoring Officer at RMBC.
      Is it your considered view that a man who has spent the last three years disrupting every council meeting is ‘our best bet for Anston’ ?
      Seriously?

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  9. Anonymous says:

    I find it strange that you will make a fuss about a simple mistake made by a candidate who is new to campaigning yet you make no mention of what could turn out to be an illegal letter sent to the electorate by the chairman of your council. In the spirit of democracy don’t you think you should put a copy of the letter sent by your good Doctor supporting a candidate, in which he clearly states he is the chairman of Anston parish council. I have no allegiance to any candidate but I do have a very strong allegiance to democracy.

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    • Watchman says:

      It is not ‘a simple mistake’.
      All candidates receive a pack which clearly states the imprint must be on election material. What part of ‘Must’ don’t you and Mr.Pearson understand?
      I am not aware of a letter sent by the chairman of APC supporting Steven Smith. It would probably be considered a breach of the Code of Conduct not an illegal act. If you feel strongly about it write directly to the chairman of the parish council and ask for it to be put on an agenda for discussion.

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