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Election expenses fraud accusation could see an investigation into Nottinghamshire MP by police

Accusations of election expenses fraud have been rearing their heads again this week - and another Nottinghamshire MP is facing questions.

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Seems she likes a bit of fraud!

Reports have been circulating since last year's general election that the Conservative Party had overspent in its campaign, breaking rules that ensure an even playing field for all political groups, regardless of their funding.

There was also suspicion around three by-elections fought by the Tories in 2014, including the vote in Newark which saw Conservative Robert Jenrick elected to represent the town.

And now Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has been brought into the mix, with claims by Channel 4 News that she went £1,152 over her limit of £15,000 when fighting for her seat last year - claims that she vehemently denies.

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Nottinghamshire Police yesterday confirmed it was waiting to be sent documents by the official watchdog of elections, the Electoral Commission, which "may implicate individuals" that represent the county in the House of Commons.

A spokesman from the police told the Post: "The current position is that the Electoral Commission are in possession of material that they believe may implicate individuals with regards to offences under the Representations of the People Act.

"When we have had access to that material we will be able to determine whether an investigation should be conducted."

He said that Nottinghamshire Police had never said they would not be conducting an investigation, but until it sees the documents, it had not made that decision.

However, the spokesman added: "We will, in all likelihood, make an application to the court next week to request more time to carry out an investigation if one is required."

Ms Soubry told the Post that she will cooperate fully with the police, but said: "We haven't done anything wrong."

The minister for small business added: "We acted on advice given to both myself and my agent. The sad thing is people will now think there is no smoke without fire, but we haven't done anything wrong.


Read more at http://www.nottinghampost.com/election-expenses-fraud-accusation-investigation/story-29270372-detail/story.html#up3ZkKqfmMcUy1fm.99





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