The Cat wonders what’s happening with the investigation into the Tory Party’s fraudulent activities that took place during the 2015 General Election. It seems to have gone rather quiet, save for the occasional appearance of the hashtag #ToryElectionFraud on Twitter. Even Channel 4, which has been running with the story has been noticeably quiet recently. The last entry on their website was back in November 2016 when it announced that the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Nick Timothy, had been drawn into the controversy. So, what’s going on? It’s anyone’s guess. The Cat suspects that the Tories will do all they can to obstruct and delay the investigation, meaning that the police forces involved could run out of time.
Prior to the General Election, The Cat was convinced that the only way David Cameron’s deeply unpopular Nouveau Tories could win was to cheat. They did this in two ways: they under-claimed on their expenses and they scrubbed voters from the electoral registers. In addition to this, they began the process of gerrymandering constituency boundaries, which they claimed was done out of ‘fairness’ and to supposedly eliminate safe seats. What wasn’t explained was how the ‘safe seats’ they identified were mainly Labour seats in urban areas. Tory safe seats, such as those occupied by the likes of Matthew Hancock, would remain safe.
Interestingly, the Electoral Commission, the ostensibly neutral body that redraws electoral boundaries, withdrew its investigation into the Tories last July. The reason it offered was contained in this paragraph:
The Electoral Commission has today (15 July) announced that as part of its investigation into the Conservative and Unionist Party campaign spending returns it launched on 18 February 2016, it has withdrawn its application to the High Court for an information and document disclosure order. This means that there will be no hearing regarding the order. The Commission has made this decision because since issuing its application to the High Court on 12 May, it has received sufficient material from the Party to proceed with its investigation.
This means that over 20 police forces up and down the country are now solely responsible for investigating the claims. Many constabularies were granted extra time to conduct their investigations but time is running out.
The Conservatives have already tried twice to stymie the investigation. Once when Craig Mackinlay, the MP for Thanet South attempted to block it in the courts and again, when they dragged their heels when they were asked to submit important documents.
The clock is still ticking.