22 Jun 2016
21:17 #IVotedLeave Trends On Twitter While Labour Forks Out For Social Media Exposure
Number one trending on Twitter this evening is the hashtag ‘IVotedLeave’, as thousands of Brits took to the micro blogging platform to express their pride at having taken place in today’s referendum.
Other referendum topics are also trending this evening, but conspicuous by their absence in the organic trending ranking are vote remain. Only appearing by virtue of a ‘featured’ topic — in other words an expensive paid-for promotion — is #LabourInForBritain.
21:12 The number one trending story on Facebook on the day Britain votes on its membership of the EU is radical hate preacher Anjem Choudary lending his support to Remain.
Breitbart London broke the story on Tuesday. Read more here.
19:48 Last week Sir Bob Geldof and his ship of fools took to the Thames to jeer at Nigel Farage’s pro-Brexit flotilla and his support for the English fishing community and their desire to break free from the EU.
Now it seems one of the passengers onboard with Geldof has had a change of heart.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I don’t think the EU can be reformed. Once in a generation vote; I have to switch sides #VoteLeave
— Bethany Pickering (@blp_1995) June 23, 2016
19:08 A woman in Stevenage, Herts was turned away from a polling station after election officials told her she was inappropriately dressed.
Teresa Hicks, 68 was clad in patriotic apparel wearing Union Jack flags and the England flag as a cape as she entered the polling station. Mrs. Hicks also carried a hand-made Vote Leave sign which the election officials objected to.
The sign read: “Vote to leave the EU. Make 23 June Independence Day.”
Hicks said: “I was just in the queue and this man came up to me and said ‘you are inappropriately dressed’ so I asked if they’d send somebody away with a burka on?”
Officials claim that the reason for turning Mrs. Hicks away was due to her sign rather than her patriotic choice of dress. You can see an image of Mrs. Hicks below and make your own mind up.
19:00 Man Stabbbed Outside Polling Station in West Yorkshire
A Huddersfield polling station was closed by police this evening to “preserve a crime scene” after a man was stabbed in close proximity to the venue, a church.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire police stressed to Breitbart London this evening that they didn’t believe the attack was related to the EU referendum. A 19 year old male has been arrested in relation to the attack, but Police refused to release any more details on the man.
— Jordan Adams (@JordanCallumA) June 23, 2016
18:45 The Daily Mail reports: A UKIP supporter who offered voters a PEN in case their pencil markings on ballot paper were erased was questioned by Sussex Police. Read more here
18:05 TOWER HAMLETS, United Kingdom – Perhaps the most “diverse” part of Britain, Tower Hamlets, saw steady voting today as well as questions raised over the proximity of ‘Remain’ activists to polling stations.
Breitbart London visited half a dozen polling stations in the London borough which played host to Britain’s famous “Shariah patrols”, finding a steady turnout of hijab-clad voters (and their husbands).
At one polling station in Tollet Street, we discovered a ‘Remain’ campaigner standing in the doorway of the polling station handing out Remain leaflets to voters. While not illegal, and just a “guideline”, campaigners are usually asked not to stand in doorways where they may obstruct voters. She also told Breitbart London that people who had never voted before were “asking her how to vote”.
Gordon says: The above highlighted is indeed an offence in accordance to
Polling Stations (Regulation) Bill
1 Offence of campaigning within a prescribed area
(1) It shall be an offence to engage in campaigning activity within a prescribed area around a polling station on the day of a relevant election at any time during the period in which the polling station is open.
(2) In this Act, “campaigning activity” means—
5(a) the promotion or distribution of any literature associated with election candidates, political parties or associated organisations;
© Parliamentary copyright 2007
Revised 8 February 2007