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TORY CANDIDATE LET OFF BY COURT

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A Tory election candidate and his agent have been spared punishment by the High Court for not declaring their elect...
A Tory election candidate and his agent have been spared punishment by the High Court for not declaring their election expenses.

Nigel Preece stood for and failed to win a seat on Wyre Forest DC last year.

Mr Preece and his election agent, Andrew Skidmore, then failed to declare their election expenses within five days after the poll, as required by law.

The necessary documents were not lodged until almost two months after the deadline, and even then they had not been signed by Mr Preece and Mr Skidmore in the presence of a council official as required.

The two men had asked the court to waive the terms of the Representation of the People Act 1983, and to lift the threat of prosecution.

Allowing their request, the court ruled that their failures had been 'inadvertent and displayed no want of good faith'.

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