There is only one question at the moment: With the honourable exception of Channel 4, why is this being ignored by all the mainstream news outlets?
Is it really because the right-wing owners of these newspapers, TV channels and radio stations – and the outright Tory editors of BBC News – are determined to hide the facts from the electorate in advance of major elections across the UK tomorrow (May 5)?
This Blog had to go to the Common Space blog site to find a timely article, which tends to support Jeremy Corbyn’s assertion that political debate has moved to the social media.
Fortunately, there’s this Channel 4 News report to remind us of the issues:
Undoubtedly there will be more after the summit meeting adjourns.
Evidence of undeclared Tory election expenses [were being] considered by English police today [Wednesday 4 May] during meetings with the Electoral Commission.
Channel 4 News linked undeclared expenses – totaling tens of thousands of pounds in accommodation and travel – to 26 Tory MPs during last May’s General Election and previous by-elections.
In several cases declaring the expense would have brought the candidates above the legal spending limit – meaning the case constitutes potential fraud of the election process.
Following the original revelations several Tory activists called for a full investigations and raised concerns over the legality of party election spending.
Clacton Conservative Party Association chair Delyth Miles said party members would be “absolutely totally and utterly disgusted” over undeclared spending evidence.
Tory campaign manager Katie Woodland added: “I would say, based on the evidence I’ve seen, the fact that it happened in three by-elections, one after the other, it’s systematic. And they know the law. They’ve been running elections for years.”
The Electoral Commission requested a legal extension over the evidence so that a full investigation could take place before any decision on police action.
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