General Election 2019 News in Brief UK Politics

General Election 2019: ‘Corruption’ in No. 10

Written by Callum Williams

Another scandal is emerging in the Tory Campaign. Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, has accused the Conservative Party of ‘corruption’ claiming they attempted to bribe Brexit party candidates with jobs and peerages to get them to stand down as candidates.

Ann Widdecombe, a Brexit Party candidate, said she was prepared to swear on a bible and state she was offered a position in the government’s future Brexit negotiations. Farage also claimed that Eddie Lister, Johnson’s chief strategist, offered another candidate Mike Greene a job in higher education if he stood aside in Peterborough. Furthermore, Farage also claimed there had been ‘hints at peerages’, although Johnson dismissed these claims as ‘nonsense’.

Lord Falconer, a former Labour Lord Chancellor, wrote to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and the Direction of Public Prosecutions asking them to investigate the allegations. He said “[the] allegations raise serious questions about the integrity of the upcoming general election, and in particular whether senior individuals at CCHQ [Conservative Campaign Headquarters] or No. 10 have breached… the Representation of the People Act 1983.”

The Met Police has confirmed they are now investigating the allegations, they said “[The Met] has received two allegations of electoral fraud and malpractice in relation to the 2019 general election… both allegations are currently being assessed.”

If these allegations are true, the Conservatives have acted in a way which is corrupt, dishonest and undemocratic. If it emerges that these allegations can be proven, Johnson may be in serious trouble not just legally but electorally as the electorate tend to dislike corrupt politicians.

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