Shelagh Fogarty is Leading Britain's Conversation.
10 May 2017, 20:43
Nigel Farage: Election Spending Has Worried Me For Many Years
Nigel Farage gives his reaction after the Tories are cleared over their 2015 election expenses.
Nigel Farage has opened up about why election spending by political parties has had him worried for “many, many years”.
The former Ukip leader was speaking after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced no criminal charges would be brought over 14 police inquiries into Conservative campaign spending during the 2015 general election.
In March, the Tories were fined £70,000 for “numerous mistakes” in their expenses submission, which centred around a party battle bus.
But, it’s not the first time Nigel hasn’t been happy with the way some parties have run their political campaigns.
He said: “I've been worried about spending and conduct not just in general elections but by-elections actually for many, many years now. It seemed that the law simply to me wasn't being applied properly.”
One remaining file in the investigation remains under consideration - the seat of South Thanet, Kent where Nigel was defeated by the Tories.
The CPS said this is because the case was submitted later than the others.
Although Nigel said he still feels “aggrieved”, he said he would wait for the case to be resolved before he revealing how he really felt about the matter.