Former Conservative party Co-Chairman Grant Shapps came unstuck on live television on Wednesday while being questioned about the Conservative party’s election expenses scandal.
While the mainstream media has largely ignored one of the biggest election scandals Britain has ever seen in favour of salivating over Labour party infighting, social media is in meltdown over the Conservative election expenses scandal. Dozens of Tory MPs face accusations that they illegally overspent in the 2015 general election campaign by failing to declare costs associated with the Conservative campaign “battle buses”. If the allegations are true, the MPs and their agents could face a year in jail and/or an unlimited fine, as well as a three-year ban on holding elective office – potentially triggering by-elections across the country and losing the Conservatives their majority in parliament.
But, beyond Channel 4, which has exposed the revelations, the broadcast media has been largely silent on the scandal – and the BBC, in particular, has been lambasted for its failure to give it significant air time.
Until Wednesday’s Daily Politics, that is, when host Andrew Neil finally bit the bullet and confronted Grant Shapps, who was Conservative Party Co-Chairman during the election campaign, on the allegations.
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