Ukip has claimed that Labour is ‘cheating’ in Dagenham and Rainham
Ukip candidate Peter Harris is to make a complaint to the Electoral Commission claiming that HNH is in fact a Labour front carrying out thousands of pounds worth of undeclared extra campaigning to allow Labour to exceed spending limits.
Emails have revealed that HNH in Dagenham is backing Labour with 16,000 anti-Ukip leaflets to “black and Asian voters” and 3,100 “get out the vote” leaflets to “socially liberal households”.
A row has broken out over the campaigning by a Leftwing group in the target constituency
I believe this is wrong, unfair and amounts to cheating!
Ukip’s claims have echoes of the misuse of the Tory battle bus in 2015 which saw the Conservatives given a record fine for breaking candidate spending limits.
In this election the limit is £8,700 plus 6p per voter.
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While third parties are allowed to campaign separately Mr Harris points out that the HNH campaigning in Dagenham has been organised by Labour councillor Sam Tarry who represents a seat in the constituency.
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Mr Harris said: “As well as a campaigner and supporter of Jon Cruddas, Cllr Tarry is also reported to be a prominent member of Momentum and was part of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leader campaign team.
“It is clear that Cllr Tarry's agenda is to do whatever he can to do Labour's dirty work on behalf on behalf of Jon Cruddas.”
Nigel Farage is to have his first day on the election trail campaigning in target seats
He claimed that Mr Cruddas’s narrow victory in 2015 was partly help by “thousands” being spent by the far Left group backing him.
He said: “I believe this is wrong, unfair and amounts to cheating!
“It is time HNH came clean and admits they are the left wing attack dogs of the Labour Party!
“I will be making a formal complaint to Electoral Services and the Electoral Commission asking them to carry out a thorough investigation.”
Ukip candidate Peter Harris is to make a complaint to the Electoral Commission
A Hope Not Hate spokesman said: “This is a desperate move by UKIP to explain away its faltering campaign.
“Hope not hate does not support or endorse any single political party or candidate, but campaigns against those parties which promote divisive policies.
“During this election, we are campaigning across the UK in areas where UKIP support is strongest, some of which are traditional Labour areas, and some Conservative.
“All our political campaigning is regulated by the Electoral Commission and we fully comply with all election rules.”
Labour declined to comment.