The Time is running a story today that highlight's the Tories aim to spend more than the election expenses laws permit on campaigning for this year's local elections. Read the story HERE.
There is a wonderful quote in the story from Hazel (is there a minister more useless than me ?) Blears, saying ;
“People will find it unfair that one party can significantly outspend another in this way. This proves the Labour party’s point to Sir Hayden Phillips’s inquiry (into party funding) about the need for annual spending caps.”
Of course Labour never complained in the mid 90's when they had the funds to outspend everyone else, of indeed in key wards in Manchester last year when Labour spent heavily to outspend the Lib Dems using phone banks, autodialers and posted leaflets. Then again, with Labour reportedly £27 million in debt, of course they fear being outspent.
You can read the full Tory local election manual HERE. I have to say, being completely fair, that 95% of it could have been taken (and probably was) from similar Lib Dem manuals, but I cannot remember the Lib Dems encouraging me to flout election spending laws.