Wales politics

Labour candidate referred to police in Cardiff address row

A complaint about the home address of a Labour local election candidate in Cardiff has been referred to the police.

The Liberal Democrats accused Luke Holland, Welsh Labour's head of press, of giving the wrong address when he was nominated to stand.

But Labour said the Lib Dems were using "smear tactics".

Cardiff council officials passed the Lib Dems' complaint on to South Wales Police.

The notice of poll gives Mr Holland's old home address in the Splott ward, where he is standing, which he moved out of late last year.

He told the Western Mail: "It is true that I currently rent a flat in a neighbouring ward - a fact that I have never hidden - while my wife and I go through the exciting process of finding a house to buy in Splott."

He added: "I have been registered at my current flat for council tax and services since moving there, and registered for the notice of election to reflect this some time ago. My election agent even met with the electoral registration office to ensure this happened."

Mr Holland said the allegations were "purely politically motivated" and that he would be "getting on with the job in hand".

South Wales Police confirmed it received a complaint on Friday and it was "now currently being considered".

Lib Dem candidate Gavin Cox said he was glad the "very serious matter" had been passed to the police.

A Welsh Labour source said: "This is a disgraceful political move from an increasingly desperate party in Cardiff.

"The Lib Dems have flouted the normal process and are resorting to smear tactics as they know they have nothing positive to offer the people of Wales."

It is understood the council referred the complaint to the police to investigate under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

A council spokesman said: "We cannot comment on individual cases.

"In general the Electoral Commission guidance is that when malpractice is suspected or alleged it should be reported without delay to the police."

Cardiff council has been led by the Lib Dems, in coalition with Plaid Cymru.

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