Police looking into possibility of ‘electoral fraud’ in relation to Northampton South MP as resignation petition hits 650 names in a day

David Mackintosh has come under fire for donations made to his election campaign in 2014. Now a petition has called for his resignation.
David Mackintosh has come under fire for donations made to his election campaign in 2014. Now a petition has called for his resignation.

Police have confirmed that it has received notification of a “potential complaint” of electoral fraud regarding an unregistered election payment for Northampton South MP’s fighting fund.

The news came as a public petition calling on the Prime Minister to remove David Mackintosh was signed by 650 names in a day.

Yesterday it was revealed a £10,000 payment towards the former council leader’s election campaign in 2014 was not declared due to what was claimed to be an “administrative error”.

Speaking to the Chron, Councillor Suresh Patel, the chairman of Northampton South Conservatives and Mr Mackintosh’s election agent, said he had been made aware of the unregistered payment late last week.

“This was an administrative error which we found about last week. As soon as we were aware, we contacted the Electoral Commission and I understand it has now been registered officially,” he said.

A spokesman for Northampton Borough Council said that as soon as leader of the council, Councillor Mary Markham, had become aware of the issue with the unregistered donation she had referred it to Conservative head office and Northamptonshire Police.

A police spokesman has now confirmed it has been handed a “third party” complaint in relation to the payment

The spokesman said: “We have received notification of a potential complaint surrounding an allegation of electoral fraud involving David Mackintosh MP.

“However, we are not in possession of any evidence at this time as the complaint was passed to us third hand by Northampton Borough Council.”

The spokesman went on to say that the force would “welcome an opportunity” to speak to anyone who has information relating to the allegation.

“Until that happens it would be inappropriate to say anything further at this stage,” he added.

A spokeswoman for Northampton borough Council has confirmed how the complaint had been handed on.

She said: “As soon as Councillor Markham was made of the allegations, she contacted Conservative Party HQ and met with Lord Feldman, and also contacted Northamptonshire Police and made them aware.”

The news comes as a petition calling for Mr Mackintosh to step down has reached more than 600 signatures in one day.

The petition hosted by the website Change.org claims Mr Mackintosh had “single handily damaged the town of Northampton and it’s reputation,” and called for his resignation.

The petition called ‘David Cameron MP: Remove David Mackintosh as MP for Northampton South’, currently has around 650 signatures.

Mr Mackintosh has declined to comment.