The 2015 UK General Election Expenses Investigation #ToryElectionFraud


Devon and Cornwall Police

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Players (5):
Oliver Colvile xMP - (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
George Eustice xMP - (Camborne and Redruth)
Scott Mann xMP - (North Cornwall)
Johnny Mercer xMP - (Plymouth Moor View)
Derek Thomas xMP - (St Ives)
Query:Dear Devon and Cornwall Police

I have been following the 2015 General Election Expenses Investigation on which has collected, collated and cross-referenced a large amount of publicly available data regarding what is popularly known as #ToryElectionFraud. Your police authority features on the site because Oliver Colvile MP (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport), George Eustice MP (Camborne and Redruth), Scott Mann MP (North Cornwall), Johnny Mercer MP (Plymouth Moor View) & Derek Thomas MP (St Ives) are part of your 'patch', so to speak. The Devon and Cornwall Police page is here -

I assume you are fully aware of the truly nationwide scale of this issue but you may find it useful to remind yourselves by taking advantage of the 'broad view' that the data on the site provides. A number of sources suggest your organisation may have ongoing investigations but, with only a few weeks to go before the deadline expires, I have grown concerned at the ominous silence regarding your endeavours. I would appreciate it if you would help alleviate my, and many others, concerns and provide me with a brief outline of the current state of your researches. Thank you for your time, I look forward to your reply.
Response:Devon and Cornwall Police answered a very similar request only a couple of days ago and I have provided a link below to that response which is available on our Force website:

FOI Request 1262/17

Should you have any further questions concerning this matter, please contact me quoting my reference number as above and we can progress them as a Freedom of Information request.
Articles - subject of:
   10/05/17 - Devon crime czar says election expenses investigation was 'sobering experience'
   12/04/17 - Devon and Cornwall PCC expenses inquiry file sent to prosecutors
   11/04/17 - Freedom of Information Act Request No: 1262/17
   10/04/17 - No action against Plymouth MP after 'admitting expenses error'
   10/04/17 - Tory election spending: MP admitted to police some claims were wrong
   18/03/17 - Cornish MPs George Eustice and Scott Mann investigated by police over election expenses
   26/08/16 - Crime commissioner expenses probe 'to conclude by November'
   25/05/16 - Devon & Cornwall police given more time to investigate Tory election expenses allegations
   11/05/16 - Eustice among MPs to be probed over election costs
   09/05/16 - PCC Alison Hernandez 'should stand aside' over expenses probe
   09/05/16 - Devon & Cornwall police call in another force to investigate Tory election expense allegations
   08/05/16 - Tory crime chief is investigated by her own police force for 'election fraud'
   04/05/16 - Police asked to probe Tory police candidate's role in election expenses row
   03/05/16 - Election expenses: Tory PCC candidate under scrutiny
   28/04/16 - Police to probe the election expenses of North Cornwall MP Scott Mann
   21/04/16 - Exclusive: West MP denies wrongdoing after election overspend claims
Articles - mentioned in:
   10/05/17 - CPS statement on election expenses
   10/05/17 - CPS pursuing no charges after Tory election spending inquiry into 14 police files
   10/05/17 - Cornwall Conservative MPs will not be charged over alleged discrepancies in election expenses
   08/05/17 - Prosecutors to reveal if they'll charge up to 30 Tory MPs with election fraud THIS WEEK
   27/04/17 - Another police force submits file to prosecutors in election expenses investigation
   16/03/17 - Two Tory MPs reveal CPS is reviewing their election spending
   15/03/17 - Tory election spending claims: 12 police forces pass files to CPS
   08/12/16 - Police commissioner Alison Hernandez to be quizzed in election expenses probe
   23/06/16 - Election Expenses Exposed (long article)
   28/05/16 - 19 police forces have or want a legal extension to investigate Tory election expenses
   18/05/16 - Electing to pay more
   15/05/16 - Tory party chiefs personally approved election expenses rules which are now being investigated by police
   13/05/16 - What is the Tory election expenses story and why isn't it bigger news?
   13/05/16 - Police asked to investigate Conservative election letters
   13/05/16 - Police called in to investigate David Cameron letters as election fraud probe grows
   11/05/16 - Electing to pay
   09/05/16 - Police probe east Runcorn MP election expenses
   07/05/16 - Minister dragged into fraud probe: 23 MPs are accused of failing to declare thousands of pounds spent on election campaigns
   06/05/16 - Tory election expenses: police announce investigation
   06/05/16 - Why haven't we heard more about the allegations of Tory election fraud?