She said political parties should be forced to sign up to a new code of conduct, including a ban on activists handling postal ballot papers. ‘We are talking about the behaviour of unscrupulous campaigners who act in an improper way to put pressure on people,’ she said. ‘It is that behaviour that needs to be tackled. ‘You can’t punish voters for the behaviour of unscrupulous campaigners, and that’s what abolishing postal voting on demand would do.’ But others warned that further action may be needed to eradicate ballot-rigging. Returning officer Ray Morgan, chief executive of Woking Borough Council, said: ‘I don’t think any election that I’ve presided over since 2006 has been totally fair and honest.’
Tory MP Andrew Stephenson said postal voting should be scrapped except in cases where voters could show they had a ‘genuine need’.
Mr Stephenson, MP for Pendle in Lancashire, said: ‘When you actually look in the UK and look at what’s going on in Pendle …there is real fraud going on.
‘The Government should really look at this issue and really look at going back to only allowing postal votes to people who have a genuine need for a postal vote.
‘Everybody else should turn up at the polling station, like they always used to have to, in order to cast their vote.’