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Ukip opens candidate nominations in South Thanet after Conservative spending scandal

Craig Mackinlay

Wragg, who said he was interviewed for 15 minutes, said: "I was assured, at the time and now, that the battlebus was a national expense and my election agent was instructed by Conservative campaign headquarters (CCHQ) to treat it as such. In fact there were some issues that the party itself raised with the Electoral Commission through their investigations", May said.

The Crown Prosecution Service has received files from 11 police forces over allegations that the Conservatives broke campaign spending laws at the last election, a spokesman said.

The probe centres around hotel bills for Tory aides campaigning for Mr Mackinlay whether or not they should have been included in his official spending return.

The Conservative Party appears to have understated its campaign spending in the key battleground seat of South Thanet where they successfully fought off the challenge of former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, the Electoral Commission has found.

Staffordshire Police separately confirmed it had sent a file to prosecutors.

Mr Morris told BBC's Newsnight: "We were all given an email, every one of us had the same email from Mark Clarke at the time who was running the battle bus project, saying it was a national spend".

TORY MP Craig Mackinlay was interviewed for six hours under caution last Friday over his election expenses, The Sun can reveal.

"We need to make sure that all parties get that through the system and actually we have a fair and satisfactory conclusion which means that those MPs who did nothing wrong, whose election expenses are absolutely as the rest of ours were, are not tarnished".

Some cases have been investigated and concluded with no further action.

In a statement posted on his Twitter feed, Mr Quince welcomed the decision by the police but said the complaint against him had been "vexatious and politically motivated".

The Conservatives deny that Mr Timothy worked directly on the Thanet South campaign.

Colchester MP Will Quince announced today he had been investigated and cleared by Essex Police.

On the political advisers, the commission said they had played "key roles" in determining Mr Mackinlay's campaign messages and in drafting campaign material "promoting Mr Mackinlay's electoral success".

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney is one of the people involved in the spending row.

HOPE not Hate (HnH) has called on Kent police to investigate Nigel Farage's spending in the 2015 election, following the announcement that the Conservatives will be fined a record £70,000 by the electoral commission.

"This matter is now subject to assessment by officers from the Special Enquiry Team".