Police assess electoral fraud after claims Tories offered Brexit Party peerages to step aside

The Met Police say they are assessing two allegations of electoral fraud after claims the Tories offered peerages to Brexit Party candidates to persuade them to stand down.

Former Tory MP Anne Widdecombe, a Brexit Party candidate, said she was willing to swear on oath that she was offered a role in the next phase of Brexit negotiations.

Nigel Farage said he had been “repeatedly” offered a seat in the House of Lords to persuade him to stand down.

He also claimed figures inside Number 10 approached other senior Brexit Party figures.

Labour peer Lord Falconer, the former Lord Chancellor, wrote to the Metropolitan Police commissioner and director of public prosecutions calling for a probe into what he said are "exceptionally serious allegations".

Lord Falconer called for an urgent investigation to maintain confidence in the integrity of the election.

In a statement, the police said they were assessing the allegations: "The MPS has received two allegations of electoral fraud and malpractice in relation to the 2019 General Election.

"The MPS special enquiry team is responsible for investigating all such criminal allegations. Both allegations are currently being assessed.

"The MPS will not be providing comment about individual cases."

The Prime Minister denied there had been any offer of peerages, but did say there had been “conversations” between the Tories and the Brexit Party.

 

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