A complaint made by Eastleigh’s Independent group of councillors alleging that Chris Huhne’s election expenses had been underreported has been kicked out by elections watch dog the Electoral Commission.
The Independents had supplied a transcript of a secret audio recording of a Lib Dem party meeting in which Anne Winstanley, the party treasurer and Mr Huhne’s agent said:
The commission wrote to Anne Winstanley to say they considered the evidence to be insufficient saying:
“The allegation did not provide any specific evidence that Mr Huhne’s campaign expenditure was under-reported.”
Eastleigh News understands that the Independents intend to supply further material to the Electoral Commission this week.
The Electoral Commission – a QUANGO which receives £25 million a year to run a website –has also received further complaints about Mr Huhne’s election expenses brought by pressure group Sunlight Centre for Open Politics and are said to be:
Eastleigh News understands other complaints regarding expenses may yet be forthcoming
The Independent Group of Councillors also have a complaint against Eastleigh Lib Dems which is being currently considered by the Police.
They allege that local election leaflets distributed in Eastleigh falsely claimed candidate Keith Trenchard was an experienced councillor.
Last week local media were tipped off by a Lib Dem mole that the executive committee were meeting at their constituency office to discuss recent developments.
The meeting was cancelled which led to local press waiting outside the civic offices -where area committee meetings were being conducted behind closed doors – to try and glean information.
An account of the evening was submitted by Eastleigh News to the Guido Fawkes website that formed the basis of an article which then sparked a day long war of words on Twitter between journalist Harry Cole and blogger Mark Pack.
Although the nature of the meeting at the civic offices is disputed, Eastleigh News understands at some point during the day a response to questions from a National daily newspaper reporter regarding loans made by a party member to the election campaign (and other possible complaints to the electoral commission) were formulated by the executive and emailed to the journalist at 10 pm that evening.
It’s understood Ms Winstanley used the email to insist that all the financial arrangements for the election were above board.
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