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'Full and urgent inquiry' demanded after voters in Barnet turned away

A “full and urgent inquiry” is being demanded after voters across Barnet were turned away because of a council blunder.

Some voters in Barnet were not able to vote when they arrived at their polling station Credit: PA

Names were missing from polling lists and residents who attempted to cast their vote were stopped.

People affected were later offered emergency proxy votes.

The leader of the Conservative group in the London Assembly, Gareth Bacon, claimed any lost votes could have affected the allocation of London-wide seats.

To have voters turned away for any reason is completely unacceptable.

We are demanding a full explanation for this abysmal administrative performance.

London Elects and Barnet Council have had four years to plan for this but they both failed to get it right when it mattered and the voting public has suffered.

– Gareth Bacon, leader of the Conservative group in the London Assembly

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Met Police to roll out footprint scanners across London

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Some Barnet council staff walk off the job today

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