No charges against Tory MPs over election spending irregularities highlighted by C4 News and Mirror

No criminal charges are to be brought against Conservative MPs or officials in relation to allegations of spending irregularities in the 2015 general election campaign, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

One file, relating to the victorious Tory candidate in Thanet South, Craig Mackinlay, remains under consideration.

But the CPS cautioned that this should not be taken as an indication of whether charges will be brought in this case, which was referred more recently than the others.

The CPS head of special crime Nick Vamos said that prosecutors considered files from 14 police forces, but determined that – while spending returns may have been inaccurate – there was insufficient evidence to prove that any candidate or agent was dishonest.

Conservative Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin said: “These were politically motivated and unfounded complaints that have wasted police time. We are glad that this matter is finally resolved.”

The Conservative candidate for Lincoln, Karl McCartney, who was interviewed as part of the investigation, said: “This whole saga amounts to no more than a politically-motivated witch-hunt.

“It is clear that those who lead the Electoral Commission who followed and allowed this action to take place are politically-motivated and biased – actions that have rendered this organisation wholly unfit-for-purpose.”

Police investigations into the 2015 Tory campaign centred on allegations highlighted by Channel 4 News and the Daily Mirror that expenses relating to busloads of Conservative activists sent to key seats were reported as part of national spending rather than falling within the lower constituency limits.

In March, the Conservative Party was fined a record £70,000 by the Electoral Commission for “numerous failures” in reporting its expenses for the 2015 General Election, and three by-elections in 2014.

Answering questions after a speech in Leeds, Mr Corbyn said he was “interested and surprised” by the CPS decision, but would have to look at the details of it.

“Quite clearly the Electoral Commission is independent, the Crown Prosecution Service is independent, the Director of Public Prosecutions is independent, they have to make a judgment on it,” said the Labour leader.

“But our election laws must be enforced and must be adhered to, there are strict spending limits for a reason, so that money can’t buy power, only votes in the ballot box should be able to get power.”

Mr Farron said: “The observation I would make of the Conservative Party is it appears to have stayed the right side of the law by the letter of it, but has driven a battle bus and horses right the way through the spirit of it. It’s a shame, in one sense, it would appear there is a cloud hanging over British politics.”

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  1. “I see the C.P.S. has given up on the investigation in Tory party for,
    Wrongdoing in 2015 G election time.
    Nevertheless, we have not given up our investigation into the problem of voting practices up here in the Pendle area by Tory M.P. + Tory Cllr here as what we are investigating is about problem in FEB this year not in 2015.
    Therefore, we will continue our work the get to the truth of voting irregularities by Tory members in the Pendle area of Lancashire.
    They may be able to stop + shut up the Crime C. Officers from their investigation but not us voters (we will continue our investigation)
    Into Feb voting problem here O.K.

    However, on another matter of voting we ask Andrew Stephenson about,
    In 2016 + early 2017 when Ms. May took Office.
    After contacting Govt over Andrew not replying to us on the matter.
    Got a reply from Tory Dept.!
    Told by Mr. David Buckingham, Political, Correspondence, Manager for Tory Unelected P.M.Ms MAY about the problem.
    That we are now investigating was told, Prime Minister will not help, then told to stop phoning No 10 by staff their also no reply will be given to us by Govt on the matter we asked about.
    So WHY was this action taken by Tory Govt
    Then not to look into the problem in the first place?

    (Andrew M.P. should know what we are going on about here!)

    In addition, Andrew Tory M.P. stopped reply to any request we ask of him so we have no Govt representative! Not had one since 2016 we are still investigating that problem with one campaigner + party funder at the time of 2015 G election this a different investigation that “was dropped by our Crime C. in early July 2016.we got no satisfaction for Govt or M.P. or Crime C.

    So we are still investigating the matter ourselves it has not been forgotten Just because we have been quite on the matter does not mean, it has gone away just put on hold until now a new G election was put in place the canvas plus campaigners for Tory M.P. Andrew round here must be squeaky clean

    In addition, free for any foam of wrongdoings of any kind now.

    We will put our finding on all foam of public new +webpages for voters
    To see and judge all Tory party members around our area of Pendle,
    Lancashire England as to why they covered up what we are investigating now again years after the problem was uncovered.

    But it concern us voter here now a new G election is under way will the same thing be going on in this G election as what when on in 2015 G election round here who knows? This is why we are investigating the matter again our self.
    Time for some Tory party truth before the G election in June 2017 we voters think round here in Pendle area of Lancashire England.
    We are keeping an eye on all parties now our area for any wrong doing now.
    Have a nice day all free voters.

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