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Opinion: The Scottish independence referendum – a lack of wisdom in the pro-UK camp?

September 14th "Welcome to Scotland"In September 2014, the Scottish public will vote on independence from the rest of the UK. As of mid-April 2014, the opinion polls suggest that the pro-UK camp is ahead, but over the past few weeks the pro-independence camp has been fast catching up. Why?

One reason seems to be the spat between the London-based UK administration and the Scottish National Party (SNP) over the role of Britain’s sterling currency. All three main UK national parties stepped in behind a sudden policy of non-cooperation with an independent Scotland …

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Mundell: no further action over expense allegations

Andrew Reeves is reporting that the police have decided not to take any further action after investigating Conservative MP David Mundell’s election expenses. As we reported previously:

His expense return showed him within the limit but wrongly classified one bill. A correct return would have shown him over the limit.

Although the police have decided that this mistake is not worthy of further action, the publicity, embarrassment and investigation are a strong reminder of the importance of candidates and agents properly checking legal paperwork before submitting it.

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Prosecutors set to decide on whether David Mundell should face election expense charges

News in this week on the case of Conservative MP David Mundell and his mistaken election expense return: following their questioning of him, the police have now sent a file to the Procurator Fiscal, who will now decide whether or not to prosecute.

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Police question David Mundell over election expenses

We have previously reported on Conservative MP David Mundell’s admission that he exceeded the election expense limit in this year’s election. His expense return showed him within the limit but wrongly classified one bill. A correct return would have shown him over the limit.

The police have decided to investigate the matter and news has just emerged that he was questioned by them several days ago.

Mundell can apply for legal relief for making the mistake, though the police’s interest suggest this is not as simple a case as most relief cases are where a simple mistake is involved but …

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Conservative MP goes to court over election expense limit breach

David Mundell MP (Conservative) is taking to the courts to apply for official relief for breaking his election expense limit during the general election.

The relief process is designed to allow people who make innocent and inconsequential mistakes to admit to their mistake and avoid prosecution. A typical example is if a candidate by mistake leaves a small bill off their expenses return. However, David Mundell’s case is slightly more complicated as although he too left a bill out of his short campaign expense return, adding it in takes him over the limit.

The Herald explains:

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