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Tory corruption: They’re planning a law to allow MPs to break electoral spending limits

MPs, election candidates and party officials will be able to break election spending limits with impunity if the Tories pass a new proposed law.

The intention is to create a new “test of authorisation” – a buffer between candidates and the current law that would stop them being accountable for funds donated by outside bodies such as national parties.

This would, of course, also let Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party off the hook over the funds it may be receiving from foreign organisations intent on perverting the course of UK elections.

But the Tories won’t care about that.

They reckon they can still count on receiving more money in donations from their rich cronies than any other party, and apparently want to use that money – so electoral law must be subverted.

In This Writer’s opinion, it is utterly corrupt. What do you think?

Conservative ministers are drawing up a law to protect MPs and party officials from prosecution if their national parties overspend during elections, leaked documents have shown.

The move follows the conviction in January of Marion Little, a Tory party organiser from head office, and the acquittal of the MP Craig Mackinlay after they were accused of breaking electoral law as the party fought off a challenge from Nigel Farage in Thanet South.

In an email sent three weeks ago to Theresa May and the cabinet secretary, Mark Sedwill, the government outlined plans for a new “test of authorisation” so MPs and election agents were no longer held automatically responsible for resources donated by outside bodies, such as national parties.

Transparency campaigners have said they believe the move is an attempt to avoid future prosecutions and would overturn a ruling by the supreme court.

Alexandra Runswick, the director of Unlock Democracy, said a “test of authorisation” would give candidates and party officials another level of defence from prosecution. “Such a move would not appear to be about reinforcing and strengthening electoral law. This would instead protect party candidates and open up the possibility of outspending rivals.”

Source: Tories draft electoral law to protect MPs if parties overspend | Politics | The Guardian

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One MP is acquitted as a file on another goes to the CPS. When will the Tories learn how to handle cash?

Acquitted: Craig Mackinlay, pictured here on the election campaign trail in 2015.

Tory MP Craig Mackinlay has been cleared of breaking expenses rules in the 2015 general election.

Party worker Marion Little carried the can for falsifying election expenses instead.

She was said to have been “carried away by her conviction” that the party must defeat Nigel Farage in the 2015 general election. A jury at Southwark Crown Court found her guilty of two counts of intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007 – but acquitted her of a third count of the same offence.

She was given a nine-month suspended sentence and fined £5,000.

Mr Mackinlay had been accused of failing to declare spending of up to £66,600 – which would have meant he had spent more than double the legal limit – a strict £52,000.

His election agent Nathan Gray, 29, from Hawkhurst, Kent, was earlier acquitted of making a false election expenses declaration.

Sentencing Little, the judge Mr Justice Edis accused Conservative party headquarters of “a culture of convenient self-deception” and “inadequate supervision” which allowed Little to break the law.

Mr Edis said Little falsified documents then presented them to Mackinlay and his election agent Nathan Gray for signing, which “they did so in good faith not knowing what she had done”.

The judge said she was “carried away by her conviction” that defeating Farage was an “overwhelmingly important political objective”.

So there y’go. The Tories had inadequate supervision which allowed them to deceive themselves, signing false documents in good faith. Okay?

And now the police have passed a file on alleged expenses irregularities by This Writer’s MP, Chris Davies, to the Crown Prosecution Service.

It seems he was solely responsible for handling expenses of this kind and is claiming he made an “honest mistake” in claiming for furniture and pictures to decorate his constituency office. Some of us might question why he needed to buy decorations using money from the public purse.

Mr Davies is accused of manually creating two invoices for £450 and £250 rather than submitting the full £700 claim for the pictures by computer.

He has previously said that he repaid the £450 sum, which was charged to a start-up fund for new MPs to set up offices.

Will the court agree, or find that he has done enough to make amends for his “honest mistake”?

We’ll see.

But one thing is clear: People are getting tired of hearing about alleged expenses irregularities connected to the Conservative Party.

If these people can’t keep their books properly, they’ve got no business being in elected office.

And certainly no business running a nation’s economy.

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