Police probe Tory Minister over expenses
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.