UK Police: Tory Election Fraud Scandal Is Being Covered-up

UK police say Tory election fraud is being covered-up

Over a dozen police forces in the UK are ramping up their investigations of allegations of huge election fraud by the Tory party.

Police say the scale of the fraud is unfolding to staggering proportions, and have accused the Conservative party of attempting to cover it up by silencing the media from reporting on it. The 33 constituencies involved so far see 29 Tory MPs implicated in breaking the law. reports:

Due to the rapidly unfolding situation, a recap is necessary. U.K. law says any sum spent promoting local election candidates must be declared on legal spending returns. Failure to declare such expenditures is a criminal offence. The electoral commission has clear guidelines, defining two types of spending on election campaigns as “Party Campaign Spending” and “Candidate Spending.”

In April, a Channel 4 investigation uncovered receipts showing that in some areas of the U.K., in the run-up to last May’s election, the Tories spent money allocated as party campaigning that should have been assigned as candidate spending. By law, candidates must not spend more than £100,000 on by-election campaigns. But as Channel 4 reported:

“In each area, the party was determined to win. But did candidates break the law when declaring their election expenses? Channel 4 News has found almost £100,000 spent during these campaigns that appears not to have been declared. If it had to be declared and was included on spending returns, all three Conservative candidates would have breached the legal spending limits.”

The breaches of spending rules centred mainly on the party’s Road Trip 2015 initiative, which sent “Battle Buses” crammed full of keen volunteers to target marginal seats. The Tories are accused of listing costs for the campaign under national spending rather than local spending, or notdeclaring them at all.

“If local campaigning had taken place, 24 of the 29 constituencies visited by BattleBus would have exceeded the legal spending limits set out by law. 22 of these seats were won by the Conservatives,” Channel 4 states. The party later confirmed they had failed to declare the costs related to Battlebus hotels, putting it down to an “administrative error.”

Fresh evidence continues to unfold and reveal the scale of the operation. Eighteen police forces have been given, or are seeking, an extension to the time limit on their investigations. Just this week, independent news outlet,The Canary, pointed to another layer of the scandal, suggesting the Tories may also have breached a law prohibiting paying canvassers to support a candidate’s election.

In South Thanet, the election battleground where the Tories defeated UKIP leader Nigel Farage, new evidencehas shown that huge resources poured into the constituency included a battle bus and senior campaign leader — neither of which were included in the spending returns. Unsurprisingly, South Thanet is the only constituency where the Tories have attempted to obstruct the probe — even going so far as to hire one of the country’s top lawyers to fight the extension.

Thankfully, after outlining his reasons, District Judge Barron refused to back down to Tory pushback. Granting Kent police an extra 12 months to continue their investigations this week, he said, “In this case, the allegations are far-reaching and the consequences of a conviction would be of a local and national significance with the potential for election results being declared void.”

Many will likely be frustrated at the vast time-scale of the investigation, which could take up to a year. Though the sheer scale and seriousness of the allegations mean a thorough probe into the corruption is crucial, in the time it takes to bring charges, the U.K. could be coming up to another election.

  • Anna Szenfeld

    surprised with cover up??? you’re joking right?

  • Glynis Millward

    Well I think that the EU referendum should be suspended until the outcome of the investigation is known, because if 17 or more (17 is the governments working majority) of those tory MPs have committed an illegal practice, then a by election will be required and another tory might not end up with the seat. So despite CaMORON saying he would have an in/out referendum if his party “won” in 2015, well they may not have won! Also if the fraud is proven, then I think every law they’ve passed since May 2015 should be repealed.

    • Brimstone52

      I have some sympathy with your proposal, but we have to keep in mind the EU’s plans for us and so I’d prefer the referendum to take place as scheduled.

    • Ricky Ossitt

      it’s over get over it, this is becoming so sad now you guys keep clutching at straws.. haha

      • Wilma Mcewan

        no yet its naw a would not crow yet ,fool

  • Jeanne

    All a bunch of bloody Chisellers!

  • BigRed

    The rot starts at the top. Cameron a proven liar and so is his side kick Osborne, so what do you expect from the rest of the current Tory Remainians who are well and truly in the pocket of Brussels.
    And, all these former Tories being bribed to come out of retirement for the IN camp with a Lordship dangled in front of them
    There is one sure way to get rid of all of them.
    Vote BREXIT

    • Kevin Harrison

      I think you’re playing in to their hands I’m sure the Tory’s are playing a double bluff here. They want out then their hands aren’t tied. They will then rape the lot of us.

      • Glynis Millward

        I agree with you Kevin Harrison – CaMORON is a secret Brexiteer and like most of the tories wants to return us to feudal serfdom – it’s their wet dream right enough!

  • thomas gibson

    Get Chilcot to hold an inquiry that way we will never find out if they fiddled the books until it is too late to do anything about it.Note to call me Dave a lordship would be acceptable as this is probably the only sensible suggestion you are going to get this week.

  • David Wilson

    What has our leader done to upset the rozzers? Rule 1: never mess with the
    police as they will always find a way to get back at you. You ARE
    guilty. Its just a matter of finding out what you’re guilty of.

  • Wilma Mcewan

    if/when the police finally get onto this Tories could be governing illegally,could this be the plan regarding EU may leave/stay,but if based on whatever a corrupt illegal government signs then that too could be illegal ,yet another way to get out o it.
    Really should have allowed the police to get on with this before anything else ,in act really should stay out of any police investigation ,this is corrupt in itself

  • peter_TUSC

    Every one who wants to see a fair election please sign this petition to the crown to dissolve government and call an early election. sign, share repost and email.