Election 2015 England

Election 2015: No action in UKIP sausage roll case

Kim Rose
Image caption Kim Rose was told to report to a police station over allegations of treating

No further action is being taken against a UKIP parliamentary candidate questioned over allegations he tried to influence voters with sausage rolls, police have said.

Kim Rose, standing in Southampton Itchen, was told to report to police over allegations of treating at a party event featuring snooker star Jimmy White.

He was questioned in Romsey on Monday.

Mr Rose said he would be "giving bakers a wide berth in future".

He said he was advised by police that in the world of politics he needs to be more aware of issues surrounding hospitality.

Electoral Commission rules state food and entertainment cannot be provided by candidates to "corruptly influence" votes.

The allegations centred on a party event held on 21 February at a community centre in Weston.

Mr Rose invited veteran snooker star Jimmy White, who he described as a long-time friend, to play pool with local youngsters. Adult entrants were charged £2 for the event.

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Image caption Veteran snooker star Jimmy White attended the event in February
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Image caption Kim Rose said he would be giving sausage rolls a "wide berth" in future

The Electoral Commission's summary of electoral offences states: "A person is guilty of treating if... they directly or indirectly give or provide any food, drink, entertainment or provision to corruptly influence any voter to vote or refrain from voting.

"Treating requires a corrupt intent - it does not apply to ordinary hospitality."

The candidates for the constituency are:

  • Sue Atkins (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
  • Eleanor Bell (Liberal Democrat)
  • Rowenna Davis (Labour)
  • Kim Rose (UK Independence Party)
  • Royston Smith (Conservative)
  • John Spottiswoode (Green)

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