Conservative Party Candidate Sue Arnold was asked to remove her high heel shoes for risk of damaging the wooden basketball floor at the Walsall Constituency vote count station on the basketball court at The University of Wolverhampton.
Unusually practical, but it seems a bit unfair to make only those ladies wearing high heeled shoes remove them. They might have had their feet trampled by the people wearing shoes.
At the election, I stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative candidate for Stevenage Borough Council (I came second). I therefore attended both the general and local election counts just over a week ago. Like this count in Walsall, the counts were held in a sports hall. However, the floor was in a terrible state of repair; covered in scratches and black marks. Presumably this was a result of being regularly used for public events. It was a sad sight.
When I was at sixth-form, exams were held in the gym, but they used to lay down plastic sheeting to protect the floor from the students' shoes. If they were not prepared to ask for shoes off at the election count, they could have could at least have done that.