Hardly a week goes by when This Site does not receive a query about the police investigation into possible expenses fraud by 29 Conservative MPs at the 2015 general election.

“Why is it taking so long?” is the most oft-repeated question.

Well, here’s your answer.

If the inquiry had been concluded prematurely, then this new information about Nick Timothy would not have come to light.

Now, Mr Timothy is also under suspicion of having breached strict civil service rules that banned special advisors from any political activity while they were still receiving their taxpayer-funded salary – so it seems possible that he will face serious reprisals.

The Channel 4 report (extract below) demonstrates that the investigation is ongoing, the matter hasn’t been forgotten, and there will (eventually) be a report.

Of course, the real question now is, considering the length of time this is taking, will the current Parliament be over by the time any prosecutions are likely to take place?

And if enough MPs are removed from their seats, what will this mean for any decisions made by the Conservative Government?

A cache of secret documents obtained by Channel 4 News reveal the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Nick Timothy played a central role in a controversial election campaign now under police investigation.

The emails between Conservative campaigners could be crucial to the police probe into whether a Conservative MP properly declared tens of thousands of pounds of campaign spending on his spending return as required by law.

They also appear to directly contradict a previous statement issued by the Party which, when asked about Mr. Timothy’s role in South Thanet, said Mr Timothy “provided assistance for the Conservative Party’s national team”.

The Conservative Party has consistently denied that Mr Timothy worked directly on Craig Mackinlay’s local campaign against Nigel Farage in South Thanet in the 2015 General Election.

But emails seen by this programme appear to show Mr Timothy devising strategy and campaigning messages that were used by Mr Mackinlay’s local campaign.

Among the documents seen by Channel 4 News is a “message sheet” written by Mr Timothy dictating crucial arguments used to persuade voters in South Thanet to vote for the Conservative candidate.

Key sections of that text later appeared word for word on thousands of leaflets that were distributed to voters in the constituency.

Source: Election Expenses: New emails reveal PM’s top aide in central role in local campaign – Channel 4 News

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