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Did Ukip tell truth in legal paperwork for Stoke-on-Central by-election?

Some serious questions from Michael Crick for Ukip’s leader Paul Nuttall in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election:

As the Electoral Commission says:

You should be aware that it is a serious offence to include false information on any of your nomination forms. Providing a false statement could invalidate your election, and is also punishable by an unlimited fine and/or six months imprisonment in England and Wales (12 months on indictment), or, in Scotland a fine of up to £10,000 and/or imprisonment.

UPDATE: The police are now investigating.

Police are investigating Ukip leader Paul Nuttall over claims of election fraud in the Stoke Central by-election.

Mr Nuttall, who is standing for the right-wing party in the by-election, is alleged to have claimed on his registration form that an address in Stoke-on-Trent was his home address.

But he has since admitted publicly that he was not living at the address at the time the form was submitted.

The party say he moved into the three-bedroom end terrace last night – several days after he made the claim. [Daily Mirror]

UPDATE:

These by-election results round-ups cover principal authority by-elections. See my post The danger in celebrating parish and town council wins for your own party for the reasons to avoid straying too often into covering town, parish or community council by-elections.

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