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Police considering evidence over Conservative spending in Newark by-election

A follow-up to Conservatives appear to have overspent on three by-elections:

Nottinghamshire Police is considering evidence relating to accusations of overspending by the Conservative Party during the 2014 Newark by-election.

The move follows claims by Channel 4 News that some bills were not included in local spending returns during the poll and two other by-elections.

Labour’s defeated candidate in the Newark poll, which the Conservatives won, has called for an investigation…

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed it had received an e-mail on the issue, adding: “This is the first communication we have received. The force will review the content of the communication, but we should make it clear that no investigation has been launched at this time.”

The BBC understands that detectives in the Fraud and Financial Crimes Unit at Nottinghamshire Constabulary are handling the case. [BBC]

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