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Idoits, Lunatics, Deaf & Dumb

by | 5th, April 2007

AN election pack created by Bournemouth Borough Council states that “lunatics and idiots” and “deaf and dumb persons” are disqualified from standing.

Can this be right?

Matt Pitcher, electoral services officer, explains: “The terminology used as part of our election pack to candidates was unfortunately taken directly from a piece of election law which dates from 1766 but is still current today.

“Bournemouth council treats all people fairly whatever their sexual orientation, age, religious belief, disability, gender or race and the council apologises unreservedly for any offence which may have been caused.

“The information pack has been amended.”



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