As the story on the Tories’ General Election spending threatens to become the kind of fire that would be difficult for the party to put out, a war of words has been going on between Jon Craig of Sky News (“first for breaking wind”) and Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan over whether one of Mark Clarke’s “battle buses” visited the constituency in the run-up to polling day. And Ms Donelan still has questions to answer.
is keenly aware that her election expenses are under scrutiny after press reports that she may have gone over the constituency limit by over £1,000. Craig has got hold of email correspondence which names Chippenham as one area visited by one of the controversial buses.
wrote about that visit for the Blue Guerilla blog.
Why were there all those Battle Bus placards? By that stage in the campaign, there should have been no need for drumming up more recruits. And why make it look as though there was a Battle Bus event when Ms Donelan so emphatically claims there was not? Jon Craig may not be giving up on this like of questioning just yet. And if Michelle Donelan is really lucky, Michael Crick of Channel 4 News might get a sniff. More to come on this one.