The Electoral Commission has referred The Radio Network to Police for Broadcasting ActÂ breaches:
On 21 February 2012, the Electoral Commission referred The Radio Network to the Police for broadcasting election programmes for United Future on 25 October 2011.Â It is the Electoral Commissionâs view that the broadcasts for United Future on 25 October constituted a breach of section 70 of the Broadcasting Act 1989 because broadcasters were prohibited from broadcasting election programmes for a political party outside of the election period for the 2011 General Election, which began on 26 October and ended on 25 November 2011.
As this matter is now with the Police, the Electoral Commission will not be commenting further.
I think this is one aspect of electoral and broadcasting law that is silly. Firstly that only political parties can broadcast and secondly that they are only allowed to within a proscribed period.
Then there is the unwillingness of Police to act or investigate electoral matters. If the Police don;t act then there is little point inÂ havingÂ these laws. Political parties,especially Labour already pretty much know this and conduct themselves outside of the rules on frequentÂ occasionsÂ knowing that they will never be prosecuted or held accountable.