A former MP has called for police to launch a new investigation into whether the Conservative party breached electoral law with a leaflet drop last year.
The Liberal Democrat candidate Adrian Sanders has accused the Tories of breaking the rules by delivering letters urging residents to vote for the Conservative candidate in the Devon constituency of Torbay as part of their national campaign for the 2015 general election.
The cost of the leaflet drop was registered under the party’s national campaign budget, but Sanders argues it should have fallen under the local budget – a much smaller limit.
Investigations into the Conservative party have already been launched by other police forces across the country, focusing on whether the Tories breached spending rules before their knife-edge poll win last year.
Sanders, who lost his seat to the Conservative Kevin Foster, said of the leaflet on BBC Radio 4’s Today show: “It’s not a general leaflet. It is a specific targeted mailshot to a voter in a given constituency saying vote for our candidate in that constituency.
“That has to be a local cost, not a national expense.”
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