Karl calls for “heads to roll” at “politically-motivated, biased and unfit-for-purpose” Electoral Commission

Lincoln’s Conservative Candidate for the forthcoming General Election, Karl McCartney JP, has launched a scathing attack and called for “ heads to roll” at the Electoral Commission’s Executive Team and Senior Management Group after he was formally exonerated by the Crown Prosecution Service who have been investigating the partisan allegation of 30 Conservatives for election fraud in 2015.

Karl McCartney JP, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Lincoln, said: “As I have stated many times before, the Conservative Party - and indeed all the main political parties - have always taken the view that its nationally directed battlebus campaigns are part of the national expense return.

“In these circumstances we would have no reason to declare battlebusses as a local expense.

“Indeed, I was very clearly told and, confirmed in writing, by CCHQ that the bus would be visiting Lincoln as part of CCHQ’s national spending.

“After the Majority Conservative Government was elected in 2015, both the Executive Team and the Senior Management Group of the taxpayer-funded Electoral Commission, such as their anti-Conservative Head of Regulatory Compliance, Louise Edwards, decided to engage in smearing the reputations of various Conservative politicians and their Agents.

“This whole saga amounts to no more than a politically-motivated witch-hunt.

“It is clear that those who lead the Electoral Commission who followed and allowed this action to take place are politically-motivated and biased - actions that have rendered this organisation wholly unfit-for-purpose.

“In these circumstances, the positions of the Executive Team and Senior Management Group - from the Chief Executive down to her side-kick, Louise Edwards, who has spearheaded many, if not all, of these one-sided enquiries - are now untenable and I believe that they should resign forthwith.

“If the leaders of the Electoral Commission do not take this most honourable course of action, as public servants paid for by the taxpayer, I, and no doubt my colleagues who have been victims of the Electoral Commission’s witch-hunt, will take every opportunity after the General Election to persuade the newly-elected Government to abolish this incompetent organisation and ensure that those who comprise the Electoral Commission’s Executive Team and Senior Management Group are never to play a role in our Country’s public life again.”

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