David Mundell MP campaign costs investigated

RURAL Clydesdale's MP David Mundell was tight-lipped in public this week on fresh allegations about his election campaign costs.

But privately, supporters said constituents in the Upperward and Douglas Valley should not be voting in a by-election any time soon.

This defiant message came in the wake of new allegations in a Sunday newspaper about the election expenditure for the MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Peebleshire being above the legal 11,800 cap.

Last week the Gazette reported how the MP reacted to the initial allegations that he overspent by 466 due to "human error".

Mr Mundell reported himself to the Electoral Commission.

But a Labour Party member in the Dumfriesshire part of his constituency has since reported the matter to the police, who are now investigating.

A spokeswoman for the Electoral Commission said that it would be impossible to even estimate when its "review" might be completed.

A spokesman for the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary told the Gazette: "We have received a formal complaint in relation to an alleged breach of the Representation of the People Act 1983 in the run up to this year's UK General Election by Mr David Mundell.

"The matter is currently under investigation."

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