Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Police probe MP's election expenses as Tories accused of breaching limit

Police probe MP's election expenses as Tories accused of breaching limit

Criminal charges are being considered across 12 police force areas over claims of expenses fraud by the Conservatives in the 2015 election.

There are much tighter limits on local spending of between £11,000 to £16,000 per constituency, with intentional breaches of those caps potentially carrying serious fines, jail sentences of up to a year and voiding of the results.

As we have consistently said, the local agents of Conservative candidates correctly declared all local spending in the 2015 general election.

Craig Mackinlay, the Conservative MP for South Thanet, has also been interviewed under police caution although Kent olice has not yet decided whether to refer his case to prosecutors for consideration.

"Other campaign items were inaccurately recorded in the long campaign rather than the short campaign, where spending limits are lower; and UKIP ignored Electoral Commission guidelines in dividing costs, leading to Farage sharing equally campaign costs with 65 local district and parish council candidates".

The CPS list does not include Kent Police, which is reported to have interviewed Thanet South MP Craig Mackinlay under caution last week. Everybody abided by that.

Last week Mr Farage said that if a by-election was called in South Thanet, he would "probably" run again to be an MP.

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Another MP, who said he did not know whether he was still under investigation, said there was a feeling that he and colleagues had been "stitched up by incompetence of CCHQ who should have known the rules". The Labour Party and Liberal Democrats both failed to declare sums of money which constituted a larger proportion of their national expenditure in the 2015 general election.

In an email to party officials seen by Sky News, McCartney fumed: "At what stage do you think you [the party] might inform us that another media s***storm is coming?"

The Conservatives blamed "simple human error" but the commission said that was not a "reasonable excuse". "In fact there were some issues that the party itself raised with the Electoral Commission through their investigations", May said.

This comes after complaints about the way Conservative "battle bus" visits to constituencies were recorded in campaign spending returns.

On the political advisers, the commission said they had played "key roles" in determining Mr Mackinlay's campaign messages and in drafting campaign material "promoting Mr Mackinlay's electoral success".

The spending included £15,641 for rooms in the Royal Harbour Hotel in Ramsgate, which was declared as part of the party's national spending return.

This is the first time the Conservative Party has been fined for a reporting error.

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