British Conservatives charged with election fraud

This video from Britain is called The Tory election expenses scandal – Channel Four News 13th March 2017.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Top Tory charged in election fraud probe

Saturday 3rd June 2017

South Thanet candidate and two others will be in court next month for alleged fiddling of campaign expenses in 2015

A TORY parliamentary candidate has been charged with fiddling election expenses.

South Thanet’s Craig Mackinlay has been charged with offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983 after an investigation into 2015 general election campaign expenses.

Two Tory party officials, Nathan Gray, 28 and Marion Little, 62, have also been charged and all three could face a fine or up to a year in prison if found guilty.

Ms Little is a “campaigns specialist” for the Conservative Party and was awarded an OBE by the Tories in 2016 for “political services.”

They are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 4.

Mr Mackinlay is standing for re-election in the South Thanet constituency in Kent after he won the seat in 2015, beating Ukip’s then leader Nigel Farage.

Crown Prosecution Service head of special crime Nick Vamos said: “On April 18 we received a file of evidence from Kent Police concerning allegations relating to Conservative Party expenditure during the 2015 general election campaign.

“We then asked for additional inquiries to be made in advance of the June 11 statutory time limit by when any charges needed to be authorised.

“We have concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to authorise charges against three people.

“Craig Mackinlay, Nathan Gray and Marion Little have each been charged with offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

“Criminal proceedings have now commenced and it is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

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