Donations police probe for Lib Dems

Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The Liberal Democrats are facing a police investigation over allegations that they received donations in breach of party funding rules.

The Electoral Commission said that it had passed details of the alleged breaches to the Metropolitan Police as they were potentially a “criminal matter”.

The allegations relate to recent reports by The Daily Telegraph and the Channel 4 Dispatches programme.

A Liberal Democrat spokesman said: “When the party was notified of the allegations, we immediately referred them to the Electoral Commission and have fully complied with their inquiries.

“We will continue to cooperate with any investigation.”

The Electoral Commission said that in each case the alleged offences referred to the potential evasion of restrictions under Section 61 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (PPERA).

“Offences under this part of PPERA are ultimately a criminal matter and fall outside of the commission’s civil sanctioning powers,” the commission said in a statement.

“The Electoral Commission has therefore passed the information that it has received to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The MPS have confirmed to the commission that they are also aware of the allegations and that they are considering them.”

Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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