FIVE election candidates who did not file their election expenses in time have now submitted the required paperwork. Four British National Party (BNP) candidates and an independent, all of whom stood in May's local elections, were under investigation by the police for failing to disclose their expenses within 35 days. John Clarke, election agent for the five BNP hopefuls, including himself, claimed he had not been sent the paperwork by Croydon Council. Edward Wentworth-Shaw, an independent who stood in Selhurst, told the Advertiser he had simply forgotten to fill in the forms. The Metropolitan Police began an investigation after receiving a complaint from a member of the public earlier this month. Croydon Council confirmed today (Monday) that all five men had now filed their expenses. The Met has yet to clarify what this means for the investigation. Under the Representation of the People Act 1983, the agent of every candidate must disclose their expenses within 35 days of an election result. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.
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