- Conservative Party facing claims it breached strict spending rules last year
- Deliberate breach of spending limits - around £15,000 - is a criminal offence
- Any guilty candidate would be barred from holding office for three years
Police have been instructed by the election watchdog to be ready to prosecute dozens of Tory candidates and officials.
The Conservative Party is facing damaging claims that it breached strict spending rules in a string of key marginal seats at last year's General Election.
Deliberate breach of spending limits by individual candidates – usually around £15,000 – is a criminal offence punishable by a fine or even a one-year jail term.
Any candidate found guilty would automatically be barred from holding public office for three years, triggering a new election.
Representation of the People Act 1983
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