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Writer mistaken over Electoral Commission

Your Inside Westminster piece by Chris Moncrieff (Comment, November 21) suggests that the Electoral Commission "wants to see a (House of) Commons picked by quotas", "wants to change the way people vote, in some cases on the basis of the colour of their skin" and has "nefarious plans for social engineering".

I am disappointed by the misleading nature of your correspondent's reporting, as the commission has never come close to suggesting such things.

What we do believe, as we set out in our recent report, Standing for Office in 2017, is that a diverse and representative range of candidates is important to the health of democracy and that there should be no unreasonable barriers to anyone wishing to stand for election.

CLAIRE BASSETT

chief executive, Electoral Commission

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