General Election 2019: More political posters contravening election rules
More readers have been contacting us to say Conservative Party posters have been displayed in the vicinity of South Holland and the Deepings polling stations today.
It is an offence to campaign around a polling station on the day of an election while it is open and South Holland and the Deepings acting returning officer Rob Walker told us at noon that his team were aware of political signage at several polling stations and they were being removed and reported in line with the national electoral guidelines.
After previous reports of Tory posters in Quadring, Long Sutton and Gedney Drove End, readers are now telling us that there were also posters in Cowbit, Gedney, Surfleet, Saracen's Head, Holbeach Hurn, Pinchbeck and Sutton Bridge.
However, the poster at Leiden Fields in Spalding was still being displayed at 5.30pm.
In an email to Spalding Today, Young Labour member Nathan Murphy said: "This is in conflict with electoral law and shows contempt for our democracy."
A spokesman for the Electoral Commission said: "Posters can’t be on the premises of any polling station but can be nearby. There is no specified distance that a poster must be from a polling station. Any campaigning taking place near a polling station must not impede access to it.
"Anything in breach of these rules should be reported to the local authority or (if those offices are closed at this time), the relevant polling station staff themselves."
She confirmed that fences, car parks etc within the grounds count as "on the premises".
With Sir John Hayes having been MP for the constituency for 22 years and with an experienced team behind him, it is highly unlikely that the poster placings would be a strategy, so perhaps it is over-zealous supporters, or sabotage.