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HACKNEY TORIES WILL NOT FACE CHARGES OVER ELECTION FRAUD ALLEGATIONS

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Nine Hackney LBC Conservative Party activists arrested in connection with alleged proxy voting fraud will not face ...
Nine Hackney LBC Conservative Party activists arrested in connection with alleged proxy voting fraud will not face charges, reports The Hackney Gazette (p5).

The nine, including Eric Ollerenshaw, the Tory group leader, had been questioned by police about last year's local elections in which Labour lost control of the council.

They were on police bail for nearly four months and a file on them was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, which has now advised that they should not face charges.

Two other men remain on police bail. Detectives have not ruled out further arrests and say the investigation continues.

Maria Murray, one of those told she will not face charges, said: 'We feel relieved and vindicated. We have co-operated all along with the police investigation, even though I felt there was a politically motivated aspect by Labour and Liberal Democrats, as the alleged electoral irregularities were initially reported in a ward where Tories did not even stand.'
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