Publish the names and stop MPs under investigation for election fraud standing again
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As a voter, I would not like to be represented by someone who is under investigation for fraud.
Conservative MPs accused of breaking election spending rules at the last election face the possibility of being prosecuted by the Crown while they are in the middle of fighting their re-election campaigns at this year’s general election. We have a right to know who they are before #GE2017.
14 police forces have sent files to the Crown Prosecution Service relating to the Tory 2015 ‘battle bus’ scheme, which it has been alleged led to Tory candidates breaking strict spending limits on elections.
The CPS is currently reviewing the evidence and considering whether to charge the MPs with breaking the election spending limits, which are put in place to prevent those with wealthy backers from gaining an unfair advantage during general elections.
The CPS is investigating whether false spending returns were filed. Candidates and their agents, who are both responsible for jointly signing the declarations, could both be liable for a charge of fraud. Some Conservative party officials could also be liable, with the Commission having specifically referred the party’s former registered treasurer, Simon Day, to the Metropolitan police for further investigation, for “knowingly or recklessly making a false declaration” on invoices and receipts.
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