'There has to be a maximum election spend, else Tories could buy it' says Stephen Pound MP

'There has to be a maximum spend, else Tories could buy the election,' says Stephen Pound MP

The Tories are dealing with the fallout of a hefty fine for failing to accurately report election expenses

Friday, March 17, 2017

A London Labour MP has said the maximum spend imposed on party expenses is fair because it provides limitations for wealthy political parties. 

The independent Electoral Commission laid a fine of a hefty £70,000 on the Conservative Party on Thursday for failing to accurately report its expenses in three 2014 by-elections and the 2015 general election. 

Speaking to Paul Ross about the fine, Stephen Pound - the MP for Ealing North - said the rules were in place for a specific reason.

He said: "It’s been a god-awful week for the Tories.

"The bottom line is, if you’re a wealthy party like the Conservative Party, you can afford to fund a constituency with direct mailing, volunteers, activists etc.

"There has to be a maximum spend. That’s fair, and it’s right, because then the Tories could buy the election.

"In this attempt, it looks as though they tried, and they may get their collars for it."

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