The 2015 UK General Election Expenses Investigation #ToryElectionFraud


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Introduction

This site has been created to help gather together sources casting light on allegations regarding the Conservative Party spending return for the 2015 General Election (and three by-elections in 2014) and make it more accessible to the public at large.

On the 18th February 2016, in response to Channel 4's endeavours, the Electoral Commission launched their investigation and on the 28th April 2016 followed up with a statement confirming it had "requested that the Crown (CPS) Prosecution Service and the police consider applying for an extension to the time limit available to pursue criminal prosecutions."

The Time

Only 14 days left. For some inexplicable reason if you cheat at politics and no-one notices for a whole year then you get away with it. Luckily someone noticed, the CPS started an investigation and several Police Authorities applied for an "extension to the time limit available to pursue criminal prosecutions."

Time's up on 7th May 2017. Hopefully, the reason it's all quiet out there is because the various Police Authorities are busily preparing iron-clad cases, however one already dropped case doesn't give much cause for hope.

The Background

In May 2014, attempting to steal a little UKIP limelight, David Cameron promised that ...he'd try to reform the EU and then hold an EU referendum before the end of 2017. Very few took him seriously.

Later in 2014 one resignation and two defections to UKIP saw the Conservatives contesting three unexpected by-elections that had Cameron's leadership teetering on a ledge.

Right up to the day when the General Election votes rolled in, Cameron's EU promise was widely accepted as the impossible dream.

Perhaps it was.

The Law

The Electoral Commission state -"There are rules on how much candidates can spend on their campaigns and where they receive their funding from." plus "There are two types of spending by or on behalf of parties at certain elections:
  • Candidate spending
  • Party campaign spending
Candidate spending is when a candidate authorises campaigning to promote them at an election. For example, leaflets, billboard advertising, websites and campaign staff costs.

Party campaign spending is authorised by a party to promote the party and its policies generally. For example, national newspaper adverts for the party, or leaflets explaining party policy. It also includes spending on promoting candidates at elections where the party nominates a list of candidates for a region, rather than individual candidates for local areas.

The Reason

It's all about Legitimacy. The Conservatives won the 2015 General Election returning 331 MPs which gave them a 12 seat majority.

If just 6 winning MPs independently broke the law to win their seats this would reduce the number of Conservatives in Westminster to the magic 325 and they'd no longer have a majority.

However the very real possibility of a Party wide conspiracy, systematically cheating to win, has attracted the Electoral Commission's eye - resulting in them requesting the involvement of various Police Authorities and the Crown (CPS) Prosecution Service - and, if proven, signals the end of Westminster as we know it.

Just imagine if everything the Conservative Gov't has enacted since 2015 turns out to have no democratic legitimacy.

The Action

Despite this being probably the most important news story in a generation, the silence is deafening. This resource was created to aid investigation and has been opened to you in the hope that some of you will be encouraged to look a little deeper.

The information here is by no means definitive, it's just the tip of the iceberg. Look around, take nothing for granted, share what you find and add to the data to help continue the investigation.

The Players (62)

Philip Allott   
Stuart Andrew MP  
Gavin Barwell MP  
Jake Berry MP  
James Berry MP  
Angie Bray   
Alun Cairns MP  
Neil Carmichael MP  
Maria Caulfield MP  
Alex Chalk MP  
Oliver Colvile MP  
Graham Cox   
Byron Davies MP  
Chris Davies MP  
Glyn Davies MP  
Nick De Bois   
Michelle Donelan MP  
Michael Ellis MP  
Charlie Elphicke MP  
George Eustice MP  
Graham Evans MP  
Kevin Foster MP  
Marcus Fysh MP  
Roger Gale MP  
Robert Halfon MP  
Luke Hall MP  
James Heappey MP  
Robert Jenrick MP  
Marcus Jones MP  
Simon Kirby MP  
Brandon Lewis MP  
Craig Mackinlay MP  
Mary Macleod   
Scott Mann MP  
Tania Mathias MP  
Karl McCartney MP  
Johnny Mercer MP  
Amanda Milling MP  
Nigel Mills MP  
Vidhi Mohan   
David Morris MP  
Stephen Mosley   
David Mundell MP  
David Nuttall MP  
Chris Philp MP  
Christopher Pincher MP  
Will Quince MP  
Mary Robinson MP  
Amber Rudd MP  
Paul Scully MP  
Anna Soubry MP  
Mark Spencer MP  
John Stevenson MP  
Derek Thomas MP  
Maggie Throup MP  
Kelly Tolhurst MP  
Paul Uppal   
Giles Watling   
Craig Whittaker MP  
Craig Williams MP  
Mike Wood MP  
William Wragg MP  

The Constituencies (62)

Amber Valley  
Brecon and Radnorshire  
Brentwood and Isleworth  
Brighton Kemptown  
Broxtowe  
Bury North  
Calder Valley  
Camborne and Redruth  
Cannock Chase  
Cardiff North  
Carlisle  
Cheadle  
Cheltenham  
Chippenham  
City of Chester  
Clacton on Sea  
Colchester  
Croydon Central  
Croydon North  
Croydon South  
Dover and Deal  
Dudley South  
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale  
Ealing Central and Acton  
Enfield North  
Erewash  
Gower  
Great Yarmouth  
Halifax  
Harlow  
Hastings and Rye  
Hazel Grove  
Hove  
Kingston and Surbiton  
Lewes  
Lincoln  
Montgomeryshire  
Morecambe and Lunesdale  
Newark Upon Trent  
North Cornwall  
North Thanet  
Northampton North  
Nuneaton  
Plymouth Moor View  
Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport  
Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough  
Rochester and Strood  
Rossendale and Darwen  
Sherwood  
South Thanet  
St Ives  
Stroud  
Sutton, Cheam & Worcester Park  
Tamworth  
Thornbury and Yate  
Torbay  
Twickenham  
Vale of Glamorgan  
Weaver Vale  
Wells  
Wolverhampton South West  
Yeovil  

The Agents (40)

Andrew Phillip Baxter   
Rachel Beadle   
Allrik Thomas Birch   
David Mathew Blood   
Ben Bradley   
Simon Nicholas Carter   
Alan Cullens   
Tom Cunningham   
James Richard Dee   
Jacob Double   
Bethan Eddy   
Ross England   
Owen James Evans   
Alex Finney   
Ashley Fraser   
Thomas Giffard   
Nathan Gray   
Ian Frank Gutteridge   
Ian Cristopher Harrison   
Deborah Hayton   
Alison Hernandez PCC  
William Holloway   
Robert Hughes   
Maximilian Alexander Höpfl   
Richard Ian Jackson   
Richard John   
Rebecca Kirby   
Graham Latty   
Ranulph Murray   
Ian Parker   
Louise Marie Parry   
Daisy Peck   
Stuart Pilcher   
Richard John William Piper-Griffiths   
Daragh Quinn   
Mike Reynolds   
Felicity Roochove   
Tom Skinner   
Emma Smith   
Rachel Storer   

The Extras (13)

David Cameron MP  
Simon Day   
Andrew Feldman - Lord  
Stephen Gilbert - Lord  
Michael Gove MP  
Chris Grayling MP  
Jeremy Hunt MP  
Boris Johnson MP  
Oliver Letwin   
Alan Mabbutt   
Theresa May MP  
Patrick McLoughlin   
Grant Shapps MP  

The Crew (14)

Chris Brannigan   
India Brummit   
Mark Clarke   
Lynton Crosby - Sir  
Deborah Feldman   
Stephen Ion   
Marion Little   
Henry McCrory   
Jim Messina   
Stephen Parkinson   
Alexandra Paterson   
Emma Pidding   
Paul Sorkin   
Nick Timothy   

The Pictures (71)

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The Articles (127)

12/04/17 Devon and Cornwall PCC expe...
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10/04/17 Tory election spending: MP ...
28/03/17 13th police force sends fil...
23/03/17 The inside story of the Tor...
18/03/17 Cornish MPs George Eustice ...
17/03/17 Lewes MP cleared of elector...
16/03/17 Two Tory MPs reveal CPS is ...
16/03/17 Tory election expenses defe...
16/03/17 Investigation in respect of...
16/03/17 Conservatives fined £70,000...
15/03/17 Election Expenses: New emai...
15/03/17 Tory election spending clai...
15/03/17 Tory election expenses prob...
14/03/17 Conservative MP Craig Macki...
09/03/17 Tory whistleblowers accuse ...
04/03/17 Police investigation into C...
04/03/17 Downing Street is 'deeply w...
02/03/17 Freedom of Information Requ...
02/03/17 David Morris: Conservative ...
28/02/17 Election Expenses: New emai...
08/12/16 Police commissioner Alison ...
23/11/16 Amber Rudd’s Ghost Train
16/11/16 Kent Police investigate ele...
15/11/16 Election Expenses Exposed –...
15/11/16 Is The Tory Election ‘Fraud...
19/10/16 Police drop investigation i...
26/08/16 Crime commissioner expenses...
29/07/16 Whatever happened to the #T...
18/07/16 Theresa May: Is Tory Electi...
23/06/16 Election Expenses Exposed (...
19/06/16 BattleBUSTED!
15/06/16 Police investigate former L...
10/06/16 Police extend investigation...
09/06/16 Tory election spending 'doe...
09/06/16 Tory Expenses - Minibus Moment
08/06/16 MP Will Quince facing inves...
08/06/16 Yet another police force ap...
06/06/16 Did the Conservatives steal...
06/06/16 More Tory election fraud al...
03/06/16 Lincolnshire Police launch ...
02/06/16 MPs are linked to Tory batt...
01/06/16 Election expenses: Allegati...
01/06/16 Tories' bid to block fraud ...
01/06/16 Kent Police granted more ti...
01/06/16 Standard inquiry
01/06/16 'Concerns' over Tories' Bre...
31/05/16 A whistleblower exposes a m...
31/05/16 Feeling more blues part two
31/05/16 Tory Expenses - Mundell Mir...
30/05/16 Tory Expenses - The Keen Ac...
28/05/16 19 police forces have or wa...
27/05/16 Cumbria Police given 'impro...
27/05/16 2015 general election fraud...
27/05/16 Leaked emails: West Yorkshi...
27/05/16 New expenses scandal emerge...
27/05/16 Tory Expenses - Battle Bus ...
26/05/16 Sitting MP and former MP Du...
26/05/16 Tory Expenses - The US Cont...
26/05/16 The shame of the police who...
26/05/16 Tory Expenses - The Activis...
25/05/16 Devon & Cornwall police giv...
25/05/16 Tory Expenses - The Letter ...
24/05/16 Alex Chalk Under Investigation
23/05/16 Coverage of election expens...
23/05/16 Police given extension to i...
21/05/16 Tory Expenses - Hove For No...
19/05/16 Police investigating Tory G...
19/05/16 Tory Expenses - Brighton De...
18/05/16 Electing to pay more
17/05/16 Tory Expenses - Chippenham ...
16/05/16 Tory Expenses - How Dover W...
15/05/16 What are the likely consequ...
15/05/16 Tory party chiefs personall...
15/05/16 Tory MP’s Battlebus Problem
14/05/16 'Tatler Tory' faces electio...
13/05/16 Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk sa...
13/05/16 Police in Somerset reviewin...
13/05/16 Election expenses fraud acc...
13/05/16 West Midlands Police invest...
13/05/16 What is the Tory election e...
13/05/16 Police asked to investigate...
13/05/16 Police called in to investi...
12/05/16 Feeling the blues part two
11/05/16 Tory election expenses: Nei...
11/05/16 Eustice among MPs to be pro...
11/05/16 Warwickshire Police investi...
11/05/16 Electing to pay
10/05/16 Cheshire Police investigate...
09/05/16 PCC Alison Hernandez 'shoul...
09/05/16 Devon & Cornwall police cal...
09/05/16 20 Tory MPs named as facing...
09/05/16 Election expenses: Nine of ...
09/05/16 Cumbria Police consider 'im...
09/05/16 Police probe east Runcorn M...
08/05/16 Tory crime chief is investi...
07/05/16 Minister dragged into fraud...
06/05/16 Police receive electoral fr...
06/05/16 Investigation in relation t...
06/05/16 Gloucestershire police laun...
06/05/16 Police investigating allega...
06/05/16 Tory election expenses: pol...
06/05/16 Why haven't we heard more a...
03/05/16 Election expenses: Tory PCC...
29/04/16 Police investigate claims T...
28/04/16 Police to probe the electio...
22/04/16 If this is the Tories’ excu...
21/04/16 Exclusive: West MP denies w...
21/04/16 New evidence Tories bankrol...
21/04/16 Barwell’s forgotten campaig...
20/04/16 Conservatives admit failure...
20/04/16 Tories admit they failed to...
13/04/16 Feeling more blues
29/03/16 Conservative MPs ‘broke the...
28/03/16 Feeling the blues
02/03/16 Nuneaton MP denies wrongdoi...
02/03/16 Tory MPs respond to claims ...
01/03/16 Plymouth MP named among 24 ...
29/02/16 Tory MPs 'broke election la...
29/02/16 Busted: The 29 Tories and h...
23/02/16 'No police action' over Con...
18/02/16 The Tories WILL be probed b...
08/02/16 Serious allegations raised ...
22/01/16 Ramsgate ‘sleazebuster’ ref...
20/01/16 Electoral Commission witnes...
26/04/15 Revealed: the Tories’ plan ...
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