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Police drop investigation of former Lib Dem MP's election campaign accounts - no further action

By cg_graham  |  Posted: July 04, 2016



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Police have wound up their investigation into former North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson and decided to take no further action.

Last month police confirmed they had received a formal complaint about alleged false accounting in relation to the 2015 general election campaign spending.

Detectives were already investigating a separate allegation against the man who beat him last year, Conservative MP Scott Mann.

A police spokesman this week confirmed to the Cornish Guardian that the allegation against Mr Rogerson had been marked "no further action" and the inquiry would go no further.

It was one of the first police investigations in the country into Liberal Democrat election spending. Because the investigation into Mr Mann's campaign spending is caught up with a much wider police inquiry concerning the accounting of the national Conservative Party campaign, the police spokesman was unable to say how much longer it would continue.

The complaint against Mr Rogerson had centred on a visit to Bodmin in April last year by the then Liberal Democrat party leader Nick Clegg. Mr Clegg travelled in a campaign "Battle Bus" similar to that which brought Prime Minister David Cameron to Wadebridge to campaign for Mr Mann.

Although there is nothing in election rules which prohibits the use of Battle Buses, the police investigation had focussed on whether the costs associated with this type of campaigning should have been accounted for locally or by the parties nationally.

The complaint against Mr Rogerson had been made by Alan Haithwaite, of Polyphant, who although not a member of any political party said he had been incensed by what he saw as the "unfair" and "partisan" allegations against Mr Mann.

"I don't believe either Dan or Scott have done anything wrong," said Mr Haithwaite. "This expenses' business is all a storm in a tea cup. I just want to ensure that both Dan and Scott are treated the same. I am convinced that when the national inquiry is concluded, Scott will be equally exonerated."

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