We have just watched a May 2010 Election shambles on an unprecedented scale. The woman heading the shambles is Jenny Watson. Here is a quote from mail on Sunday and a summary CV:
"Woman in charge of Electoral Commission is long-term agitator for electoral 'reform'
She once described House of Lords as a 'relic and active hindrance'
She lives with Left-wing former leader of Hackney Council
She's paid Â£100,000 a year for a three-day-week - a job set up by Tony Blair"
As well as joining us in January 2009 as our second Chair, Jenny is also a current board member of the Audit Commission and of the charity Money Advice Trust. She is a non-Executive Director of WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme). She is also a trustee of the Charities Aid Foundation.
Jenny was the last Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission prior to the creation of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, and is a past Deputy Chairman of both the Banking Code Standards Board, and of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. She has also worked in a number of human rights organisations, including Liberty and Charter88.
Individuals report that she is connected with Common Purpose. Is it just a coincidence that in cities experiencing election shambles returning officers were CP? Please let me know your thoughts and findings.