Police To Consider Investigating 2017 Conservative General Election Campaign
After falling foul of the electoral commission in a major way during the 2015 General Election campaign, with one case involving Nigel Farage’s victor in South Thanet still currently in court, you would have thought that the Conservatives would have trod very carefully during this years snap election.
However, following another Channel 4 investigation (the channel also uncovered the 2015 alleged abuses), Labour MP Wayne David revealed in Parliament last week that the police are “formally considering” investigating the Conservative Party’s 2017 election campaign for illegal activities following the investigation.
Mr David said the Electoral Commission had written to him confirming the police were ‘formally considering the allegations’.
An undercover investigation by C4 News, broadcast last month, claimed call centre workers may have been carrying out paid canvassing, banned under electoral law, as they promoted key Conservative messages to undecided voters in the weeks before the election.
The Conservative Party contracted a secretive call centre during the election campaign which may have broken data protection and election laws, a Channel 4 News investigation has found…
These allegations include:
- Paid canvassing on behalf of Conservative election candidates – banned under election law.
- Political cold calling to prohibited [i.e. TPS registered] numbers
- Misleading calls claiming to be from an ‘independent market research company’ which does not apparently exist.
Investigations into the Conservative Party’s 2015 general election campaign found repeated law-breaking, resulting in a record-breaking fine. In addition, as mentioned above, a Conservative MP and two senior offcials are currently being prosecuted for allegedly breaking the law.
Why is it that the Tories always find it so hard to play by the rules? Would it have anything to do with an underlying sense of entitlement?
Westmonster Dave is the editor of alt-politics.com