Staffordshire Police and Stoke-on-Trent City Council have confirmed they are investigating allegations made in the aftermath of the recent bi-election in the Moorcroft ward which was previously held by the former Leader of the Council’s Labour Group Mohammed Pervez.
The exact nature of the allegations has not been made public.
The bi-election was won by the Conservative Party candidate Tariq Mahmood with 769 votes, Labour’s Javid Najmi was second with 702 votes and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate Andy Butcher was third with 77 votes.
The Leader of the Labour Group on Stoke-on-Trent City Council Cllr Jane Ashworth said:
“We understand the police are investigating concerns about electoral misdeeds possibly committed by the Tory party or people working in their interests in the Moorcroft by-election of May 21”.
Stoke-on-Trent local returning officer Jon Rouse said:
“We are aware of the allegations as we received and referred them to the police. We are currently assisting Staffordshire Police with their enquiries and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said:
“We have received an allegation under the Representation of the People Act and we are working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to investigate.”
Stoke-on-Trent Conservative Group Leader and City Council Leader Cllr Abi Brown was contacted for comment but has not responded.