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Tories know they’re in trouble when the Daily Mail starts writing stories suggesting they may have committed crimes.

Oh, but Gloucestershire Police has refused to name the political party it had started investigating.

We know that Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating expenses crimes in constituencies they cover – including allegations against the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate.

This Writer is hoping that, after these two, the floodgates open and all the forces in which expenses fraud has been alleged take their investigations further.

Gloucestershire Police launched a general election fraud probe today amid continued allegations the Conservative Party did not properly declare election expenses relating to its battle bus tour.

David Cameron’s party has faced a series of claims it should have declared the cost of bussing in activists to campaign for constituency candidates on local election expenses, rather than on its national return.

Doing so would in some seats could have meant the party smashed election spending rules.

The new probe comes after the Electoral Commission met with prosecutors to discuss an extension to the one year allowed for launching an investigation of electoral fraud complaints.

Gloucestershire Police today refused to name the political party it was investigating.

Source: Police launch general election fraud probe over Conservative Party’s battle bus spending | Daily Mail Online

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