SNP leader issues Tory warning
Sturgeon claims May called poll over fraud fears
Nicola Sturgeon claimed yesterday that Theresa May called the snap election partly because of concern that a number of Tory MPs may face fraud charges over their election expenses.
In a departure from her expected speech to the STUC conference Ms Sturgeon said the prime minister called the election “for one purpose and one purpose only – to strengthen the grip of the Tory party and crush dissent and opposition.
“To do so before possible criminal prosecutions for alleged expenses fraud at the last election catches up with her.
“And whatever else happens in this election we should not allow the Tory party to escape the accountability for any misdemeanours that may have led to them buying the last general election.”
The Crown Prosecution Service in England is considering reports from 12 police forces on alleged breaches of election spending limits by up to 20 Tory MPs. No one in the party has so far been charged with any offence.
Ms Sturgeon said the Tory vision for the future of the country “should be ringing alarm bells loudly and clearly across Scotland right now.”
She said: “Because, make no mistake, and I think it’s obvious to see, the hardliners have taken over the Tory party and now those Tory hardliners want to take over the country as well.
“Because, make no mistake, and I think it’s obvious to see, the hardliners have taken over the Tory party and now those Tory hardliners want to take over the country as well.
“The truth is the Tories are starting to think that they can do whatever they want to Scotland and get away with it.”