*Mabbutt (on his own behalf and on behalf of the Conservative Party)

Elections – European elections. The claimant was the nominating officer for the Conservative Party and the party's national election agent at the European Parliamentary election for the West Midlands region. Part of the claimant's role was to see that the Conservative Party's election material complied with the relevant laws and regulations. In the event, certain leaflets were circulated without the relevant details which amounted to an offence under European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004, SI 04/293. The claimant applied on his own behalf and on behalf of the Conservative Party for relief under reg 108 of the Regulations. The Queen's Bench Division held that the omission to include the relevant details was due to 'inadvertence' or from some other reasonable cause of a like nature and not to any want of good faith.

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