As the SKWAWKBOX reported at the weekend, a viewer has made a formal complaint to police about Theresa May’s comments concerning Diane Abbott, which the Tory leader made during the BBC’s Question Time special.
The comments – that Abbott planned to wipe the DNA records of ‘criminals and terrorists’ from police databases – were without foundation and making a false statement about a candidate during an election period is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983.
An offence that can result in disqualification from public office, as well as leading to criminal penalties.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) had originally advised the complainant to report the matter to North Yorkshire Police, as the comments were made from a studio in York.
Now, in a remarkable turnaround, the MPS has decided that it will take on the case. A response from the MPS’ ‘SCO1 Special Investigations Team‘ confirms a case reference to the complaint and states that it is taking the allegations ‘very seriously‘.
A formal statement from the Met has been requested. Any further developments will be reported as they emerge.
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