Mackinlay should do the decent thing and endorse the Brexit candidate in South Thanet

Published Jun 02, 2017

Following the announcement by the Crown Prosecution Service that charges are being brought against the former MP and current Tory candidate in Thanet South, Craig Mackinlay and others over electoral fraud in the last election, Nigel Farage has said,

“Am I pleased that these charges have been brought? Yes, but I believe there should be more people being charged due to what looks like wholesale electoral fraud by the Tories in recent by-elections and during the last election.

“What it means now it will be a straight fight between Labour and UKIP and I will be in Thanet tomorrow to support our excellent candidate.”

UKIP Chairman, Paul Oakden added: "It would be unprecedented and clearly inappropriate for voters to be asked to support a candidate facing serious criminal charges relating to the conduct of the previous election in their own constituency.

"The allegation here is that the voters of Thanet South were cheated of a fair contest in 2015 by Craig Mackinlay and others.

"Given that, the honourable thing for Mr Mackinlay to do would be to stop campaigning on his own behalf and recommend instead a vote for the remaining Brexit candidate on the ballot - the UKIP candidate.

"In this election UKIP has put our country before our party in many constituencies. In Thanet South, Mr Mackinlay should put his country before himself."

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