This Writer is corresponding with the Electoral Commission in the hope that the error can be corrected in time for an investigation to take place.
If not, then it is possible that at least one police officer may be accused of perverting the course of justice.
A seventeenth police force has asked for more time to investigate alleged Tory election expenses fraud.
Cumbria Police have become the latest force to ask for the extension to look into the declared spending in the run up to last year’s General Election.
Under election law, police have just one year to bring prosecutions for failing to fully declare expenses but may apply for more time.
Cumbria join West Yorkshire Police, Derbyshire Police, Greater Manchester Police, Warwickshire Police, Gloucestershire Police, Northamptonshire Police, Staffordshire Police, Cheshire Police, Kent Police, Metropolitan Police, Nottinghamshire Police, Wiltshire Police, West Midlands Police, Avon & Somerset Police, Lancashire Police in asking for the extension.
Devon and Cornwall Police have already been granted more time to look into the electoral expenses of four MPs and newly elected PCC Alison Hernandez who will be investigated by West Mercia police rather than her own force.
It is understood that 30 or more sitting Conservative MPs are involved, and some unsuccessful Conservative candidates.
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