2015 General Election Expenses Fraud - Breakdown of staff investigation time by role and task(s)

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Dear West Yorkshire Police,

I am interested in obtaining information regarding how the Police force prioritise, track, itemise and record time spent by officers and staff at all pay grades, working on and investigating Election Expenses fraud allegations relating to the 2015 General Election.

Nationwide evidence submitted by Returning Officers and Electoral Administrators to the Electoral Commission in recent years has high-lighted the general reluctance of Police forces to investigate and prosecute cases of alleged fraud committed by Political Parties, Candidates and their agents, even when the evidence base exists to do so. Often on the basis that such prosecutions would not be in the "public interest"?

The lack of enforcement action by Police in recent years in response to Expenses Fraud allegations had led to the lack of a credible deterrent - and a culture of impunity to lawbreaking being fostered within Political parties, which has widespread consequences for our democracy.

Given the substantial public interest arising from the systematic over-spending by Conservative candidates in marginal seats during the 2015 general election, please provide the following information outlining how the substantial "public interest" for thorough Police investigation and prosecution(s) where the evidence permits, is being translated into Police resourcing of the investigations into GE2015 over-spending.

Please provide in relation to the GE2015 Election Expenses investigation:

1) Total man-hours committed for the investigation(s) to date, both pre and post the 1 year extension granted by the courts in summer 2016.

2) A break down of time spent a) exploring existing information such as media reports already in the public realm, and b) actively investigating new leads and information.

3) The number of staff tasked to the investigation(s), their rank and experience.

4) The numbers of meetings and/or phonecalls held with the Electoral Commission to discuss progress on Election Expenses investigations throughout 2015 - 2016.

Yours faithfully,

Joel M Benjamin

Freedom of Information, West Yorkshire Police

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Dear Joel Benjamin,

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information Request:

 

Please provide in relation to the GE2015 Election Expenses investigation:

 

1) Total man-hours committed for the investigation(s) to date, both pre
and post the 1 year extension granted by the courts in summer 2016.

 

2) A break down of time spent a) exploring existing information such as
media reports already in the public realm, and b) actively investigating
new leads and information.

 

3) The number of staff tasked to the investigation(s), their rank and
experience.

 

4) The numbers of meetings and/or phonecalls held with the Electoral
Commission to discuss progress on Election Expenses investigations
throughout 2015 - 2016.

 

 

Please see the link below of a previous response which relates to your
request.

 

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Yours sincerely,

Joel M Benjamin

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Good Evening,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request.

 

Please see the link below of a previous response which relates to your
request which was sent on 22/12/2016.

 

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Kind Regards,

 

Rebecca Howcroft

 

Force Disclosure Unit

PO Box 9

Laburnum Road

Wakefield

WF1 3QP

 

Tel: 01924 296249

 

 

 

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Joel M Benjamin left an annotation ()

Can neither "confirm nor deny they hold the information" - cite s30(1) / investigations, and s40(2) personal info

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