A senior Ukip figure has accused the party’s only MP of helping the Conservatives defeat Nigel Farage during the General Election.
A company belonging Arron Banks, Ukip’s biggest donor, has written to Kent Police alleging that Douglas Carswell, the party’s MP for Clacton, helped the Tory campaign.
Precision Risk & Intelligence claims that Mr Carswell downloaded Ukip polling data for the South Thanet seat in Kent and passed it to the Conservatives, who allegedly used it during the campaign.
The letter sent to Kent Police says: “We have evidence of excessive spending by the Conservatives and secretive dealings between them and a senior Ukip representative to collude against Mr Farage.”
South Thanet was one of the most closely watched marginal seats of election night given Ukip’s surge in the polls the previous year.
Mr Farage eventually lost the seat to Tory Craig Mackinlay by around 2,500 votes and subsequently stepped down as party leader, though returned within weeks.
Responding to the accusations, Mr Carswell told the Guardian: “There is no basis in these claims whatsoever. We should just be relieved that those responsible for the disastrous campaign in South Thanet were not responsible for the successful referendum campaign.”
An analysis of election records shows that Ukip was potentially £10,500 over the legal spending limit of £15,000 in the constituency.
Documents show that Ukip split much of the expenses incurred during the campaign between Mr Farage and up to 64 local candidates.
It includes £4,420 to rent an office in Ramsgate, which was split between Mr Farage and 62 local candidates.
Kent police are also currently investigating whether the Conservative Party broke spending limits in its attempts to stop Mr Farage becoming an MP.
Questions have been raised about why £14,000 worth of hotel bills were categorised as national spending rather than local spending by the party.
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