Tuesday 7 June 2016

Police investigating election expenses fraud in 33 constituencies

Thirteen police forces are now investigating allegations of election expenses fraud in 33 constituencies, 29 of which involve Tories.

A Channel 4 investigation has been uncovering what appear to be fraudulent election expenses returns, in some cases missing tens of thousands of pounds of expenditure that should have been declared and breaking spending limits.

The Tories have only tried to prevent one of the police investigations: Thanet South, where Craig McKinley beat Nigel Farage and allegedly spent tens of thousands of pounds more than the legal limit in the process.

It could take up to a year to fully investigate the allegations with the very real possibility of election results being declared void and the Conservatives losing their parliamentary majority.