Back in 2015, just after the General Election, it was claimed that the Conservative Party had misallocated spending during their 2015 general election campaign. Channel 4 News at the time reported that they had uncovered receipts that showed that the Conservative Party spent money allocated as party campaigning, which should have been assigned as candidate spending.
Electoral Commission rules state that:
Party campaign spending on campaigning to promote the party and its policies generally. For example, national newspaper adverts for the party, or leaflets explaining party policy. It also includes spending on promoting candidates at elections where the party nominates a list of candidates for a region, instead of individual candidates for local areas.
Candidate spending on campaigning to promote a particular candidate or candidates in their local area. For example, leaflets or websites that focus on one or more candidates and their views.
Channel 4 News stated that these rules had been broken, and as many as 29 MPs were being investigated by 19 Police Forces in England. Why has it all gone so quiet? The Electoral Commission released this statement last July,
“The Electoral Commission has today (15 July) announced that as part of its investigation into the Conservative and Unionist party campaign spending returns it launched on 18 February 2016, it has withdrawn its application to the high court for an information and document disclosure order. This means that there will be no hearing regarding the order. The commission has made this decision because since issuing its application to the high court on 12 May, it has received sufficient material from the party to proceed with its investigation.”
The BBC at the time also faced a Twitter back lash for their total lack of coverage which as far as I am aware has continued to this day, anyone surprised by that? I’m not because they felt that going after Jeremy Corbyn and the anti-Semitic allegations within the Labour Party was more important, but where are we now with this case or cases?
It appears that we have to wait, but for how bloody long? The best I could find was a poster stating that the deadline is 9th May 2017 for Police action to be taken.
So basically two years after the election, and the original allegations, we still don’t know. Something as important as this to our democracy and something that could strip the present Tory Government of its majority and we still don’t know. What are the opposition parties doing about it? Are they also implicated or involved?
This democracy and this Government stinks.
Why are we waiting?
This is too important to be swept under the carpet!