Saturday 7 May 2016

Seven police forces investigating Conservative election fraud

Greater Manchester Police have been granted an extension to the 12 month limit to bring prosecutions under electoral law for making false spending returns.

Another three English police forces have confirmed that they will also be applying to the courts for an extension and another three are known to be running investigations.

The police investigations have been launched after Channel 4 exposed widespread fraud by the Conservative Party surrounding their use of the their "battlebus" which they used to bus in activists from all over the country and the cost of putting them up in hotels. The Conservatives allegedly failed to report up to £200,000 of election spending for MPs and local candidates in 33 elections in 2014 and 2015.

On a related note, there is a growing campaign on social media for BBC Politics Editor, Laura Kussenberg, to be sacked for ignoring the Conservative election spending fraud story until after this week's elections.