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16 March 2017, 20:19
Nigel Farage believes the Conservatives would do “anything” to stop him winning election, after allegations the party understated its campaign spending in South Thanet.
The Tories were fined a record £70,000 on Thursday after the Electoral Commission found “significant failures” to declare or accurately report more than £275,000 of campaign spending at three by-elections in 2014 and during the General Election two years ago.
One of the seats under investigation is the constituency of South Thanet in Kent where Nigel was narrowly beaten by Tory Craig Mackinlay in 2015.
The Conservative party accepted the findings blaming a “reporting error”, but, speaking on his LBC show, Nigel believes Theresa May must now call an early election to “wipe the slate clean”.
He said: “I certainly got the impression then that they would do anything to try and stop me, they would do anything to try and win the other by-elections.
“Frankly my view is they behaved as if they were above the law and I don't think that's a very good tag to have around the Conservative Party.
“What she can also do is she can get rid of the miscreants, she can apologise for the way the Conservative Party, under David Cameron, behaved and she can say: ’I’m going to clean the stables it is going to be honest clean straightforward politics’ and that could be part of a general election pitch.”