Craig Mackinlay (left) campaigning with Boris Johnson ahead of the election [Image: PA].

Craig Mackinlay (left) campaigning with Boris Johnson ahead of the election [Image: PA].

Does anybody believe the Conservative Party would hire only one unemployed person to pretend to be a party supporter?

They have huge financial resources. The more we learn about their 2015 election campaign, the more likely it seems that they spend far more than they should.

So, what was to stop them from hiring as many people as possible and paying them “off the books”, as it were?

This story asks us to believe that Craig Mackinlay knew nothing about what was (allegedly) happening in his own campaign – how many others are in the same position?

And how long must this farce continue before calls for the Metropolitan Police to launch a conspiracy investigation against the Conservative Party are answered?

Police are being asked to investigate extraordinary claims that the Tories paid an unemployed woman to pose as a party supporter and help their general election campaign.

It is alleged that an activist leafleting voters in Thanet South one month before the May poll was hired as a temp for the day but this was not declared locally as an election expense.

Quizzed about her role, it is claimed that she denied being a Tory and said: “I’m not. I was at the job centre and saw this advert for a job with an unknown employer”.

The woman, who is not named, was allegedly then put on a Tory battlebus on April 9, given a Conservative rosette and taken by bus to the Phoenix Youth Club in Sandwich, Kent.

From there, she was allegedly ordered to pound the streets with other genuine party volunteers.

It is not thought she canvassed for the Tories by engaging with voters, which would be a criminal offence, and there is no suggestion Tory MP Craig Mackinlay was aware of the arrangement.

If true, the cost of her wages should have been declared to Mr Mackinlay and included in his election spending return.

Mr Mackinlay is already facing an investigation into claims that his spending declaration is incomplete. The Mirror revealed three months ago that Mr Mackinlay didn’t declare the costs of a string of battlebuses bringing activists to his constituency.

The Conservatives insist the buses were correctly declared as a part of their national election campaign.

Source: Tories ‘paid unemployed woman’ to pose as party activist in election campaign – Mirror Online

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