Po­lice probe Tory Min­is­ter over ex­penses

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THE Tory elec­tion ex­penses scan­dal deep­ened last night as a Min­is­ter was ques­tioned by po­lice over claims he broke elec­toral law.

Fish­eries Min­is­ter George Eus­tice was in­ter­viewed af­ter al­le­ga­tions he failed to de­clare cam­paign spend­ing on a bat­tle bus that vis­ited his con­stituency.

Po­lice have passed a file to pros­e­cu­tors who will de­cided if he should be charged. If found guilty of elec­toral fraud he could lose his seat or go to jail.

More than a dozen Tory MPs have been re­ferred to the Crown Prose­cu­tion Ser­vice over al­le­ga­tions they in­cor­rectly de­clared vis­it­ing bat­tle buses as na­tional ex­pen­di­ture dur­ing lo­cal cam­paigns.

A spokesman for Mr Eus­tice told news­pa­per the West Bri­ton: ‘Ev­ery con­stituency in the coun­try known to have been vis­ited by vol­un­teers as part of the na­tional bat­tle bus cam­paign is be­ing re­viewed by the po­lice. George pro­vided the po­lice with all the in­for­ma­tion they re­quested sev­eral months ago.’

Twelve po­lice forces have passed files to the CPS who have un­til June to de­cide whether to bring charges. A fur­ther three forces have on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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