The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

MP says Tory chairman should stand down


The Conservati­ve Party chairman should step down while Tory election fraud allegation­s are investigat­ed, says a Perthshire MP.

The SNP’s Pete Wishart said it is “unacceptab­le” for Lord Feldman, who is a close ally of the Prime Minister, to remain in post.

Police forces in several parts of the country are probing the Conservati­ve Party’s spending in the run-up to last year’s general election amid claims they breached strict election spending rules.

Mr Wishart, who has asked the Metropolit­an Police to investigat­e whether the alleged breaches were co-ordinated by party HQ, said the scale of the investigat­ions are “simply breathtaki­ng”.

He believes Lord Feldman should not continue while questions remain over “what he knew about the alleged disparity between candidate expenditur­e and the national campaign expenditur­e he was responsibl­e for”.

A spokesman for the Conservati­ve Party said: “Mr Wishart seems to be convenient­ly forgetting that his own party hired a helicopter to fly around individual constituen­cies during the general election campaign, and similarly claimed it as a part of their national return.”

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