Ukip accuse Tories of illegal spending in by-election

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16th October 2014

A row is brewing between the Conservatives and Ukip after Nigel Farage’s party accused the Tories of breaching electoral law with its spending on the Rochester and Strood by-election.

The Times reports that Ukip has written a letter questioning the legality a Tory plan to spend more than £100,000 by using some of the money before the party’s candidate has been chosen.

Meanwhile, Eurosceptic Tories are planning a rebellion over the Prime Minister’s plans to opt back into the European arrest warrant, according to the Financial Times.

The paper also reports that Conservative backbencher, Jacob Rees-Mogg, had lunch with Ukip’s treasurer to discuss how to block the move.

It comes as the Local Government Chronicle has revealed that almost one fifth of Ukip councillors have defected from other parties, with 77 out of 337 having switched their political allegiance.