Mark Pack on election cost rules: “important that the rules are robust and that the rules are properly enforced”

by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2010

LDV Co-Editor Mark Pack – who has written here and here about the Channel 4 News reports of MPs allegedly stretching their election exenses – has been interviewed by the channel about the complex rules.

You can watch one clip here:


(Also available here).

There’s a transcript of the interview – and a further four (count ‘em) videos – here.

Mark’s conclusion:

Elections are a competitive process. In any constituency you’ll have only one winner and all the other candidates will lose. So it’s quite understandable and quite natural that people look to use the rules, as much as they can, to try and maximise their chances of winning. But what that means is, it’s important that the rules are robust and that the rules are properly enforced, because otherwise, if you turn a blind eye to things, things get, you know, go from bad to worse.