The official line is that Theresa May called the general election on June 8 to win a stronger hand in Brexit negotiations. But some political observers have suggested she has an ulterior motive – burying the Tory election expenses scandal.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is currently investigating claims that up to 20 Tory MPs broke constituency spending limits at the 2015 general election.

The Tories are alleged to have committed “election fraud” by registering spending on a national bus tour, accommodation for activists and staffing costs, as national spending rather than local spending – meaning many candidates may have gone over spending limits.

The CPS are due to give their verdict on the allegations at the end of next month or the beginning of June – a coincidence that hasn’t escape Channel 4 journalist Michael Crick, Guardian’s Rowena Mason and Sky’s Jon Craig:

As the Mirror’s Kevin Maguire, the Mail on Sunday’s Dan Hodges and the FT’s Sebastian Payne point out, a new general election avoids the need for any by-elections in affected constituencies – even if the CPS declare the 2015 general election result void:

The scandal has been snowballing in the past few weeks. First the Tories were fined £70,000 by the Electoral Commission over “significant failures” in the declaration of their 2015 general election spending.

That was followed by news last week that Tory Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, who was agent for Tory MP Kevin Foster at the last election, could face criminal charges for her part in the scandal.

With judgement day looming, it seems as if Theresa May has followed in the foot steps of David Cameron by calling a vote to sort out the Tories’ problems…

 

  1. There should be no problem. If they have broken the law they should be prosecuted anyway. We want honest politicians NOT corrupt ones. The election should make no differences.

  2. Mrs Eileen Milligan says:

    They are probably all guilty of fraud as it’s the most corrupt Tory government ever they should be sent to prison just like they do with any other fraudsters hate them with a passion crooks in suits !!!!

  3. Dave Christos says:

    Hey Moira, If the electorate actually knew what “honest politicians not corrupt ones” are, there would be no Tory MPs at all except in constitiuencies where the majority of constituents are millionaires. In reality, the electorate vote based on the propaganda they are fed everyday by the majority right-wing media. The BBC, in particular, is a disgrace.

  4. The CPS has stated the GE changes nothing. People will be charged if they believe they have committed fraud.

  5. Dr Adrian Vranch says:

    In my view I would welcome the crooks sent to jail after the election, thus prompting by elections. I wonder if the crooks are eligible as candidates anyway. Surely someone under investigation as a criminal cannot be accepted as a candidate anyway. Wait I just remembered the Blackadder episode which covered this topic.
    Wot a laff.

  6. As is typical of this corrupt and self seeking self serving tory government, we do what we want and the general serfs that make up the rest of the population can go and rot and starve in he’ll as long as they still make millions. Don’t just look at how they govern loom at the contracts given out to Tory supporing companies who are being reembursed with millions of pounds of tax payers money. Get the bar stewards out and crush them for good

  7. The CPS should charge them NOW and they should be barred from the House, giving them no overall majority.

  8. Rubs hands with glee. I do hope ever so much that there are custodial sentences handed out for this.

  9. Prof bob Watt says:

    If the evidence is compelling and the likelihood of conviction is high, the only way that the CPS can not prosecute is by saying that it is ‘not I the public interest’. I cannot see the DPP/CPS doing that. IF a prosecution is brought the candidates will have (politically rather than legally) to step down. A HUGE embarrassment for the Tory Party

  10. Andrew Jenkinson says:

    Of course if the guilty are not going to stand for reelection that allows whoever stands in their place to commit electoral fraud. Will have another Tory government with an increased majority which can afford to lose a few MPs in a couple of years time.

  11. This is absolutely right and explains why May held an emergency Cabinet meeting.
    The statement she made outside 10 Downing Street was complete hogwash.
    She called this general election not because of Brexit but due to over-spending.
    I predict the CPS will drop all these pending prosecutions on public cost grounds.
    They will say court orders for by-elections are now unnecessary.
    They have been superseded by the calling of the general election.
    They will claim it would be a waste of public money to prosecute anyone.
    This is how the “Old Boys” system works in the dis-United Kingdom these days.
    “Cheater” Cameron followed by “Liar” May.
    Let’s end May in June!

  12. Elizabeth Slater says:

    Agree ..PM..May putting her mp first ..
    Remember a torie alway will cheat there way to the top ..

    Hope they are knock of there chariots ..
    The have created a mess and dissitute nation ..
    They ruin services.
    Full in the knowledge there intent was always to create a corporate take over to make there hand stronger..
    Tories agenda is win at all costs regardless .
    Fraudsters should not be allow to run for office. Jail hopefully by end of may .2017..
    Would be justice as they have ruined so many life’s…

  13. Elizabeth Slater says:

    Agree ..PM..May putting her mp first ..
    Remember a torie alway will cheat there way to the top ..

    Hope they are knock of there chariots ..
    The have created a mess and dissitute nation ..
    They ruin services.
    Full in the knowledge there intent was always to create a corporate take over to make there hand stronger..
    Tories agenda regardless .
    Fraudsters should not be allow to run for office. Jail hopefully by end of may .2017..
    Would be justice as they have ruined so many life’s…

  14. The CPS will drop the case in the public interest on the basis that it may affect peoples voting decision on the 8th May.. On that they are damned well right, so see no need to put their jobs on the line by persueing the fraudsters. who were probably duped by the Central office who massaged th figures in the first place. for them. It is the party who should be in the stand being charged. MP’s these days are not independent they do what the Party tells them too.

  15. As three of Mrs May’s top advisers have flounced off recently, I suspect that the election expenses scandal is just one factor in the calling of the snap election; the other being prior knowledge of abysmal economic outlook figures which will be quietly buried among the election hoo-ha.

    An election now gives the new Chancellor (I believe Hammond is definitely on the way out) time for tax-rises, pension reductions and yet more austerity with slim chance of another election until we have exited the EU and it becomes clear just how badly this country has shot off both feet.

    I weep at the utter stupidity of the electorate.

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