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Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay charged over Tory election fraud investigation





Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay charged over Tory election fraud investigation

The Crown Prosecution Service made its announcement just days before the country votes in a general election

A Conservative fighting to retain his seat and his two aides have been charged with electoral fraud as part of a major investigation, less than a week before the country goes to the polls.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced on Friday that Craig Mackinlay, defending South Thanet for his party, has been charged following a probe into his 2015 election campaign expenses.

The CPS's statement said Mr Mackinlay, 50, is accused of "falsely" declaring expenses in the run up to the vote, which saw him narrowly defeat Ukip's Nigel Farage.


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