Conservative officers removed as investigation continues into ‘financial irregularities’

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A criminal investigation has been launched by Calderdale police over ‘financial irregularities’ involving the Calder Valley Conservative association.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police in Calderdale have been made aware of an allegation of financial irregularity.

“A criminal investigation has now been launched to examine this allegation, and is in its early stages.

A Conservative spokesman said: “The officers of the association have been removed. It would be inappropriate to comment further while there is a police investigation ongoing.”

Calderdale councillors have also raised their concerns about the launch of the investigation.

Councillor James Baker leader of Calderdale Liberal Democrats said: “We are calling on Craig Whittaker MP to explain to the people who elected him what has gone on here.

“People deserve transparency and openness from their politicians. We have also called on Calderdale Council to investigate this matter as it implicates both the leader of the Conservative group and the Mayor of Calderdale.”

Calderdale Council has also been made aware of the proceedings.

A Calderdale Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of the Police investigation.”