Cameron Swerves Question about ‘Potential Electoral Fraud’ by Tory MPs

UK Prime Minister David Cameron merely ducked a serious question regarding an investigation into seven Tory MPs and a Police and Crime Commissioner for ‘potential election fraud’ at Prime Minister’s Questions. The question was raised by the SNP’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, during today’s session in the House of Commons.

Referring an international anti-corruption summit hosted by Prime Minister today, Mr Robertson questioned: “seeing as the Prime Minister is prepared lecturing other countries on corruption and proberty, can he explain why seven police forces are launching criminal investigations into Conservative MPs for potential electoral fraud.” Robertson stated that “Mr Speaker it’s very serious, so how is it that a Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner can serve in such a role when under police investigation?”

Whereas in response to the question, the PM stressed on the independence of the Police and the Electoral Commission to deviate the question. He replied that “the whole point in this country is that the electoral commission is independent and when it comes to operational decisions by the Police force, those decisions are independent too.” He reinforced that “long may that be the case. Those are the hallmarks of an un-corrupt country.”

However, Mr Robertson did not seem satisfied by the answer and he later commented that “the probes are understood to be looking at election expenses of ten sitting MPs so far, and Greater Manchester Police confirmed it had already been granted an extension by the courts to extend the one-year time limit for prosecutions under election law.” He alleged that “we have legal experts saying they have not seen a case like this on this scale before,” adding that “David Cameron needs to stop ignoring the scandal his party has found itself in, and hold himself to the same standards as he holds others when it comes to corruption.”

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