Special police investigators looking into donations to Northampton MP’s election fund

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A set of payments made to MP David Mackintosh’s Northampton South fighting fund are being investigated by police, after the force was passed on files by the Electoral Commission.

In the run up to the 2015 General Election a total of £30,000 in donations was made to Mr Mackintosh’s campaign fund from individuals with business links to the director of 1st Land Howard Grossman. The company received around £8.75 million of the £10.25 million loan to Sixfields in 2013 and 2014.

The three separate donations were for £10,000 each.

A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire Police, said: “Following an initial investigation into election fund donations made in the Northampton South constituency, the Electoral Commission has passed the information to Northamptonshire Police to continue the investigation.

“The information provided is currently being assessed by specialist investigators alongside thousands of documents obtained in the far-reaching and independent investigation into the lending of £10.25 million to Northampton Town Football Club.”

David Mackintosh has said on several occasions that he welcomes the inquiry into the Sixfields loan and says he never considered any of the donations to have come from anyone other than the stated donors.

He told the Chron: “I met all of the donors through various business introductions through Howard Grossman, he never once offered me any money or discussed any contributions to my election campaign, but said people were interested in donating to the Conservative party that he knew.

“This was quite usual, there are a number of people that make donations to the Conservative Party.

“Some of them do it because they are interested in the policies of the party, other people choose to donate for other reasons.

“I had an election to fight, I was fighting someone who was getting heavy funding from the unions, this is perfectly standard.”