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Police drop investigation into MP Barwell’s election expenses

February 16, 2017

Inside Croydon

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the forces of law and order have decided not to investigate a government minister

It seems that the police haven’t bothered to read Gavin Barwell’s election memoir.

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They will not be unique in that respect, although at least they would have been paid for their efforts if they had bothered.

This week, in a short statement, the Metropolitan Police detective co-ordinating the wide-ranging, national investigation into allegations of election fraud, said that “on this occasion there will be no further action taken due to insufficient evidence” in the case of Barwell, the Conservative MP for Croydon Central.

The Met is running the investigation into serious allegations involving more than 30 Tory MPs from 2015. The Tories have a working government majority in parliament of 16, so potentially it would take…

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