Election expenses rears it’s head once more

Tory chiefs accused of casting MPs adrift

Tory MPs embroiled in controversy over 2015 General Election expenses have hit out at the party’s central office for “cocking up” and then casting them “adrift” as the row rumbles on.

The Conservatives are facing an Electoral Commission probe and police inquiries over allegations that spending was not properly recorded on buses transporting activists to campaign in key marginal seats.

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/tory-chiefs-accused-of-casting-mps-adrift-1-8438789

Tory candidates may have gained financial advantage, says elections watchdog

The Conservative Party’s failure to accurately report its 2015 General Election expenses means there is a “realistic prospect” that candidates gained a “financial advantage” over opponents, the elections watchdog has said.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/tory-candidates-may-have-gained-financial-advantage-says-elections-watchdog-1-8441461

MP Craig Mackinlay quizzed over election expenses

A Conservative MP has been interviewed under caution over his election expenses, the BBC understands.

Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, is being investigated over alleged overspending in the 2015 general election campaign.

Mr Mackinlay defeated the then UKIP leader Nigel Farage in the ballot.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-39271625

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9 Responses to Election expenses rears it’s head once more

  1. reg reader says:

    From the first YP article above:
    A Conservative Party spokesman said: “Political parties of all colours have made reporting mistakes from time to time.
    “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.
    “Both have been fined by the Electoral Commission, and the Liberal Democrats are also under police investigation .

    Yes but, Labour and the LibDems were fined £20,000 each, the Tories £70,000

    Note that whilst the Tory spokesman says that LibDems are under police investigation, he makes no mention of this, as previously featured on Rothpol:
    Police probe three Labour MPs for expenses fraud after it’s claimed they failed to declare thousands of pounds spent on staff to get them re-elected
    South Yorkshire Police to investigate three MPs for electoral fraud
    Sir Kevin Barron, John Healey and Sarah Champion all under spotlight
    Miss Champion accused of using parliamentary assistant to campaign
    Alleged Sir Barron did not declare £21,000 spent on staff for 2015 vote
    Mr Healey probed about £30,000 expenditure not properly declared

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3751138/Police-probe-three-Labour-MPs-expenses-fraud-s-claimed-failed-declare-thousands-pounds-spent-staff-elected.html

    Perhaps it has all gone away. Anybody know for sure??
    Reg

  2. S Thornton says:

    I wondered why the Labour Party were quite. I do hope Caven has read the above. If they are found to have committed wrongdoing, it would be poetic justice.

  3. S Thornton says:

    Do not hold your breath over the investigations. I reported gross wrongdoing by Labour Councillors in an Election at Anston. They made false statements in the leaflets. They (SYP) would not touch it. At the time I believe there were Cllrs with past convictions on the Police Panel, so we can see the Standards that are applied.

  4. Dave Smith says:

    Saying that the other parties were only fined 20k holds no legitimacy, today the electoral commission said the maximum fine of 20k is not high enough to deter parties from doing wrong. They see it as a small price to pay to get elected.
    Dave Smith

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