Force Craig Mackinlay to stand down from re-election
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The Conservative candidate for South Thanet, a member of his staff and a Tory election organiser have been charged over allegations of illegal election spending during the party’s 2015 campaign to win the seat.
The Crown Prosecution Service said there was sufficient evidence to charge three people, among them Craig Mackinlay, who was the MP from 2015 and is seeking re-election on 8 June. Nathan Gray, his election agent, and Marion Little, a party organiser, were also charged, the CPS said.
The CPS’s announcement said Mr Mackinlay, 50, is accused of “falsely” declaring expenses in the run up to the 2015 vote, which saw him narrowly defeat Ukip’s Nigel Farage.
There for i do not believe, and im sure many members of the public will agree with me, that a candidate who is under investigation and is due to appear in court should not be standing in a election.
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