US News MPs face expenses charges days before election

17:15  19 april  2017
17:15  19 april  2017 Source:   Sky News

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Decisions on who faces charges for breaking spending rules will only be made in late May and early June, days before the election . The allegations relate to busloads of Conservative activists sent to key seats whose expenses were reported as part of national campaign spend, rather than falling

The CPS got a 12-month extension to decide on the cases, but BuzzFeed News understands the first of these expires on 20 May – less than three weeks before polling day on 8 June. It is not known exactly how many MPs could face charges over election expenses .

Prime Minister David Cameron addresses his campaign rally in 2015 © Getty Prime Minister David Cameron addresses his campaign rally in 2015

MPs are among more than 30 people who will find out if they will be charged with breaching 2015 election spending rules just days before this General Election.

Some 14 police forces have sent files to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) over the past few months with decisions on charges due to be made in late May and early June.

The election is planned for 8 June.

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A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman told Sky News the snap general election would have no impact on legal proceedings.

The exact deadlines for decisions vary from police area to police area, depending on the date last year they sought a year-long extension for investigations.

Ukip lost an election for the most hilarious reason

  Ukip lost an election for the most hilarious reason Ukip lost an election for the most hilarious reasonTheir successor party in much of the coal belt of midland and north west England, Ukip, has suffered a similar fate.

However her election expense returns did not make it clear where she has split her costs – and some of Ms Teather’s sums didn’t appear to add up. Mr Byles cut the cost of giant boards (bearing his name and face ) in three, apparently by charging the bulk of the cost to election campaigns in the

Hundreds of MPs were ordered to repay a total of £1.12million. The decision to press charges against three MPs ensures that the expenses scandal will run right through the General Election campaign. 'What a way to spend your birthday': Gemma Collins hospitalised days before her 36th in Tenerife

Each file relates to allegations concerning a candidate and an election agent and the number of people involved totals at least 30, a CPS spokesman said.

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The allegations relate to busloads of Conservative activists sent to key seats whose expenses were reported as part of national campaign spend, rather than falling within the lower constituency limits.

The CPS said files had been received from the Metropolitan Police, as well as forces in Avon and Somerset, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon and Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, West Mercia, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire.

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Ukip lost an election for the most hilarious reason

  Ukip lost an election for the most hilarious reason Ukip lost an election for the most hilarious reasonTheir successor party in much of the coal belt of midland and north west England, Ukip, has suffered a similar fate.

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Six MPs and peers are facing criminal charges of fraud following investigations by Scotland Yard into the abuse of the parliamentary expenses system Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is expected to decide whether to prosecute the politicians as early as January, before a general election .

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall on Tuesday suggested Theresa May's election announcement may have been motivated in part to avoid possible by-elections.

Mr Nuttall said: "There is also the prospect of a slew of Tory-held by-elections caused by the seeming systematic breach of electoral law at the last election, predominantly in places where UKIP were pressing the Conservatives hard."

The Prime Minister was tackled over the electoral expenses issue during the debate at Westminster on her call to hold an early poll on 8 June.

SNP MP Stewart McDonald said: "Doesn't it take some brass neck to call a General Election when you are facing allegations of buying the last one?"

Responding, Mrs May said: "I have to say that intervention was not worthy of him."

Referring to the criticism of the PM's "dithering" on holding an election, Labour MP Robert Flello said: "Isn't the reality that what has focused her mind is the fact that she may well lose some of her backbenchers if the CPS have their way?"

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn added: "The timing of the election and the role of the CPS is of course extremely interesting in this and it's interesting the Prime Minister did not mention it during her contribution."

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall to stand for Parliament .
Mr Nuttall said he would name the constituency within the next 48 hours.Mr Nuttall said he would be “leading the party into battle” in the June 8 contest, but refused to reveal which seat he would contest.

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