Gregg and Louise Kinsell [Image: Channel 4 News].

Two members of a Conservative campaigning “hit squad” in the 2015 election have come forward to explain how the party “cheated” by not properly declaring its election spending.

The Conservative Party has repeatedly said spending on the Battlebus 2015 campaign tour, which sent a fleet of coaches into 29 marginal seats, should have been declared nationally not locally.

But two Tory whistleblowers have said the party is “lying” about what happened on the Battlebus – and is now engaged in a “cover-up”.

They have come forward as the police investigation into possible election fraud by Conservative candidates reaches its final few weeks.

Gregg and Louise Kinsell volunteered for the Conservatives in the final few days of the “Battlebus 2015” campaign in the South West, working in four key seats for the party.

The Conservatives insist the Battlebus was a national event, with volunteers only promoting the party and not specific local candidates. As such the Battlebus was only declared in the Party’s national campaign expenses.

But the Kinsells say they were tasked with promoting local candidates, including being given local briefing papers and seat-specific scripts, being furnished with specific voter data and distributing local leaflets.

Gregg said: “If people are saying, and the MPs concerned in these areas are saying it was part of a greater expense nationally for the Conservatives, that is a lie and an obvious falsehood. In that case I feel especially motivated to go to the police and go to the Electoral Commission.

“So they are telling lies about what we did – and we duped people on the doors, it feels like cheating.”

Louise Kinsell said, “We went down and worked for individual candidates who then won their seat. If they hadn’t won their seat, the Conservatives may not have won the election.”

Source: Tory whistleblowers accuse Conservatives of ‘huge betrayal’ of electorate over expenses – Channel 4 News

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