Midlands forces hand over Tory election expense files
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 17, 2017,
Mar 17, 2017, 0:57
The investigation was targeted at the national party but had potentially even more serious implications for more than 20 Conservative MPs who are under police investigation for alleged election fraud related to under-declared spending on their local campaigns.
Staffordshire Police separately confirmed it had sent a file to prosecutors.
Mr Farage has said he will stand again if the result is overturned.
"We have an email from central office saying: all battlebus spending will be declared nationally and therefore there is no need to declare it locally".
Will Quince, the MP for Colchester, said he voluntarily attended an interview under caution last January, but had been told by Essex Police he faced no further action. "In fact there were some issues that the party itself raised with the Electoral Commission through their investigations", May said.
Conservative party headquarters has so far refused to say who took the decision to register the battlebus spending as a national expense.
"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". Mr Quince claims the accusation was "vexatious and politically motivated".
It comes just days after reports emerged of Mr Mackinlay being questioned for six hours under caution by Kent Police last week in relation to his expenses.
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 senior team were all put up at the Royal Harbour Hotel in Ramsgate, where the Conservative Party racked up a bill of more than £14,000 over the course of the campaign.
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney is one of the people involved in the spending row.
In November 2016 Mr Morris called for an overhaul of the MPs' expenses system after allegations by a national newspaper that he had claimed driving expenses in the United Kingdom while he was on official foreign trips.
We understand that expenses watchdog the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) suspended looking into the complaint against Mr Morris until the Metropolitan Police has concluded its enquiries.
"This matter is now subject to assessment by officers from the Special Enquiry Team".