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Ex-MP Woolas will not be prosecuted

Former MP Phil Woolas will not be prosecuted over statements he made about an opponent during the 2010 General Election, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.

An election court declared last year's Oldham East and Saddleworth contest void after finding that Labour victor Mr Woolas had made false statements about the Liberal Democrat candidate Elwyn Watkins.

The former immigration minister was later expelled from the party.

In a statement on Monday, the CPS said it had considered the judgment of the election court and had decided a police investigation into his conduct was not required as a prosecution would not be in the public interest.


From Belfast Telegraph