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Conservatives are looking for a new candidate for the role of Humberside Police Crime Commissioner ahead of the May 6 elections as allegations of electoral fraud have surfaced over their former runner-up candidate.
Humberside police have confirmed that they have forwarded allegations of election fraud against former PCC Conservative candidate Craig Ulliott to another unspecified force for independent review.
Mr Ulliott resigned for personal reasons last week after nearly a year of campaigning.
In a statement Tuesday, Labour’s incumbent PCC Keith Hunter, who is standing for re-election, alleged that he had handed over to the Humberside Police Department a file that “sets out a case indicating a criminal fraud committed against the Humber public Area.”
In the public statement, Mr. Hunter alleges that Mr. Ulliott has not fully disclosed the extent of his previous work experience.
“When I looked at everything he said about himself and other things during the campaign, I thought there was enough [evidence] there for criminal fraud, and that’s what I gathered and brought to the police, ”said Hunter.
The Labor candidate also called for the Conservative Party itself to be investigated to see if anyone else knew of the allegations.
A Humberside Police spokesman said, “The Humberside Police received a record of alleged election fraud from the Humberside Police & Crime Commissioner today.
“We have referred this matter to independent police for review and will not make any further comments at this point.”
In a statement last week, a Conservative Party spokesman said: “Craig Ulliott has stepped down as a Conservative candidate for the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner election for personal reasons.
“We thank him for his hard work in the role and a new candidate will be announced in due course.”
Several attempts have been made to contact Mr Ulliott and the Conservative Party for further comments on the latest developments.
Mr. Ulliott resigned as Barton Mayor back in 2017 and resigned from his previous position as a councilor for reasons unknown.
In the meantime, both his Twitter campaign account and website have been deactivated.