The dirty two-dozen: These are the Conservatives who broke general election spending limits.

The dirty two-dozen: These are the Conservatives who broke general election spending limits.

It’s looking bad for the 24 Tories named as having exceeded their election spending limits in order to win the Conservatives a majority in the general election last year.

Former Liberal Democrat MP Adrian Sanders wiped the floor with Martha Kearney when she tried to present the Conservative side to him on The World at One today (Thursday).

This Writer particularly enjoyed the part where, challenged by the WATO reporter that the Tories say the hotel costs and the battle bus were part of the national election budget, Mr Sanders pointed out that the bus only visited fewer than 30 constituencies that the Tories needed to gain in order to form a Conservative government, rather than all 650.

He said people vote for particular candidates, not for parties. If anyone is asked to vote for a candidate because it could make the difference, then the money spent on the request is a local request, not a national one.

And he said direct mail being sent to the target seats was an extremely expensive operation, targeted on a few seats, totally outspending all other parties.

A former Liberal Democrat MP, who lost his seat to the Conservatives at the last general election, says the police should investigate the Tories’ campaign spending.

The party has admitted that an ‘administrative error’ meant it failed to declare thousands of pounds spent on hotels for activists on its battle buses. It said it had brought it to the attention of the Electoral Commission.

Adrian Sanders — who was ousted from Torbay by the Conservative, Kevin Foster — told Martha Kearney that the police should be involved.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it would liaise with the Electoral Commission to determine if there was evidence of any offences.

Source: BBC Radio 4 – World at One, Police urged to investigate Conservatives’ election spending

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