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Thursday, 15 July 2010

Police probe David Mundell election expenses complaint

The BBC report:
Police have confirmed they are investigating a complaint of an alleged breach of election expenses rules by Scotland's only Tory MP.

It follows newspaper reports that a bill for £700 had been omitted from David Mundell's campaign costs.

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary said it had been asked to investigate.

Mr Mundell said a mistake had been made in completing expense forms but this was due "solely to human error" and was "not any attempt to mislead".

"Such mistakes are not uncommon in election returns and there are established procedures for dealing with them," he said.

"Obviously, as soon as it was drawn to my attention, I informed the Electoral Commission who have an interest in such matters."
Human error and an extremely fast response from David, including reporting himself to the Electoral Commission.

1 comment:

Duncan Stott said...

Crucial line from that BBC News article: "The cost, nearly £700, would have taken his expenses over the permissible limit."

That makes this a more serious matter than whether the omitted bill was misleading or not.

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