After spending irregularities were discovered in three by-elections, and Craig McKinlay’s victory over Nigel Farage was cast into doubt during the general election last year, one might have been able to believe that these were isolated incidents.
But 23 further alleged spending violations – all connected to the use of so-called ‘Battle Buses’?
That would strain credibility beyond its limits.
Two dozen Tory MPs failed to declare thousands of pounds spent on their winning election campaigns in marginal seats, a Mirror investigation has found.
None of the 24 Conservative candidates whose constituencies were visited by the controversial RoadTrip battlebuses included the cost within their election budget locally.
And 20 of them could have breached strict campaign spending limits had they declared it.
Breaching these limits is a criminal offence and could lead to calls for by-elections.
The Tories deny the costs should have been declared as part of local campaigns.
We found 20 of the seats visited were within £2,000 of strict spending limits – meaning the budget would have been broken had the RoadTrip cost been included.
The Tories formed a Government with a majority of 12 seats after outspending Labour by £3million in the general election last May.
The RoadTrip campaign is already being investigated by the Conservative disciplinary board following allegations of sexual harassment and bullying by organiser Mark Clarke who has been kicked out of the party.
If your MP is among the following, then you should contact your local police force and demand an investigation.
Breaching electoral spending limits is a crime. Conspiracy (if they all agreed to this behaviour) is a crime.
And any such activity that sways the entire outcome of a general election is a very serious crime indeed.
Here’s the list. Is your MP among these suspects?
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