Simon McGee Political Editor : Yorkshire Post 23/4/2005
TONY Blair has dismissed widespread criticism over postal ballot security as "hugely exaggerated".
And the Prime Minister refused to accept any need for a review into the controversial voting method following the election.
Applications for postal votes in this election have rocketed across Yorkshire. In Birmingham councillors were convicted of ballot-rigging, and in Bradford investigations are continuing into claims that in last year's all-postal local elections votes were "harvested" by candidates or party workers.