From Daily Mirror: Police say they are carrying out a ‘significant’ investigation into a secretive call centre operating on behalf of the Conservative party in the run up to the election. An undercover investigation at the Blue Telecoms call centre in South Wales claimed the cold-call centre broke data protection and election law.
From The London Economic: A Tory MP and his two aides accused of misdeclaring expenses after breaching election campaign spending limits in the 2015 general election will face trial, a court heard today.
South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, 50, is said to have not properly reported expenses in his local return.
Mackinlay, his election agent at the time Nathan Gray, 28, and campaign specialist Marion Little, 62, were all charged under the Representation of the People Act 1983.
The charges relate to allegations that the party’s election expenses during the 2015 campaign in the constituency were not properly reported to the Electoral Commission.
Expenses incurred during the campaign in South Thanet were wrongly attributed to national expenditure instead of local expenditure, it is claimed.
Had they done so, they would allegedly have been in breach of spending limits.
From Daily Mirror: Police are investigating claims that the Tories paid an unemployed woman to pose as a Tory volunteer during the 2015 election.
From Daily Mirror: Kent police have passed a file on allegations of electoral expenses fraud to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), it was confirmed today. The CPS will now review evidence before deciding whether to bring charges against the MPs involved.
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From indy100: Police have not named either the MPs nor the election agents under investigation, but races in up to 20 seats are believed to be under scrutiny.