Government blocks attempts to prevent foreign influence in elections

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MPs have voted down attempts to prevent foreign influence in UK elections yesterday [Wednesday], in a move which has drawn strong criticism from political transparency campaigners.

The House of Commons yesterday voted against tightening the rules on foreign interference in elections after the government whipped its MPs to oppose an amendment to the National Security Bill proposed by the House of Lords.

253 MPs voted to oppose the amendment, all of whom were either Tories or independent MPs who were elected as Tories. 134 MPs backed the Lords’ proposals – with Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens all voting in support. Just one Tory – Julian Lewis – voted to tighten foreign interference in elections.

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