Saturday 16 November 2019 / 10:24 AM Andrew Gwynne / NHS

Michael Gove refuses to deny allegations of peerages for votes scandal – Andrew Gwynne

Speaking on the Today programme this morning, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove refused to deny claims that Brexit Party candidates have been approached by the Conservative Party and offered jobs and peerages in an effort to persuade them to withdraw their candidacies from the upcoming General Election.

This comes as former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer has written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Director of Public Prosecutions calling for an investigation into allegations of corrupt practices by Conservative Party.

Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s Co-National Campaign Co-ordinator, said:

“For Michael Gove to fail to deny that the government has used jobs and peerages to pressure candidates from another party to not stand in an election is shocking.

“These are serious allegations of a peerages for votes scandal by the Conservative Party that must be fully investigated.

“A secret Trump alliance between the Brexit Party and the Conservatives risks opening up our health service to American pharmaceutical companies to force up drugs prices and drain £500 million a week from the NHS.”