In a shock move the Governmnent today announced that Birmingham will not be allowed to vote in the forthcoming local elections. A question mark is also hanging over whether Birmingham and the West Midlands will be allowed to vote in General Elections in the future.
Tony Blair today instructed his cabinet to discount any ballot papers, postal votes or internet votes already submitted by the people of Birmingham. His move follows widespread vote rigging and fraud in the country's second capital. The Prime Minister today made his feelings very clear, "When you learn to behave properly, you can come back in." he said.
Rising to howls of protest in the Commons Mr Blair swept aside accusations of wider corruption in his own cabinet, saying, "I'm in charge so its OK for me to do it, besides I can cover my tracks a hell of a lot better than you lot seem to be able to."
George Bush also entered the debate with a message to Tony Blair , "Winning by vote-rigging, fraud and the miscounting of votes goes against common decency and is morally wrong." He later withdrew his statement.
Blair had the final word in a press meeting earlier today, when asked if he would be changing his mind about letting Birmingham vote, he was adamant that he would not, "No, no, no", he said, "You lost the Olympics bid, now you have lost the vote, if you as the second largest city in the UK can't even come up with a decent backhander then I wash my hands of you."