Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Mirror alleges Tories exceeded spending limit in 9 Lib Dem seats

This morning's Mirror takes up the Channel 4 News investigation of alleged Conservative overspending at the last general election.

Its report says:
A Mirror investigation today reveals how 24 Tory MPs failed to declare thousands of pounds spent on their election campaigns in marginal seats. 
None of the MPs we name below declared the party's controversial RoadTrip battlebuses in local budgets, with Tory HQ picking up the tab instead. 
If the estimated £2,000 cost of the bus had been included locally, some of the MPs could have breached strict spending limits. 
Five Tory RoadTrip battlebuses crossed the country to help handpicked candidates in the final stages of last year’s election campaign, with head office picking up the tab. 
The total cost of this campaign has never been published, but the Mirror has found invoices indicating it was more than £2,000 a day, including pay and expenses for volunteers and promotion costs.
It is striking that 9 of the 24 seats the Mirror has identified were held by the Liberal Democrats:
  • Wells
  • Chippenham
  • North Cornwall
  • Thornbury and Yate
  • Kingston
  • Yeovil
  • Torbay
  • Cheltenham
  • Sutton and Cheam
There's more about this story on the Channel 4 News microsite.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We had bussed-in chinless wonders wandering around looking bemused on election day in Twickenham too.