Hugh Mennie: Cambridgeshire UKIP faces 'forgery' charge

A UKIP candidate in Cambridgeshire is to be charged over allegations he used fake signatures on his election nomination form.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Hugh Mennie was alleged to have "falsified details" in order to stand for election to Cambridgeshire County Council.

Mr Mennie is accused of using three forged signatures on the paperwork.

He will appear before magistrates on 5 September.

'Highest standards expected'

Simon Ringrose, specialist prosecutor with the CPS, said: "The nomination paper requires a proposer, a seconder and eight other signatures from "assenters" - people who live in the election catchment area.

"It is alleged that three of these assenter nomination signatures were forged.

"Having carefully considered all available evidence, I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to charge Hugh Mennie with one count of causing or permitting a false statement to appear in a nomination paper."

Mr Mennie, of Kingsway, Cambridge, was one of five candidates to stand in the Arbury division of the May local elections.

He came third with 246 votes.

A spokesman for UKIP said: "Mr Mennie was a council candidate who handled all his own paperwork.

"UKIP expects the highest standards from all its candidates and hopes that the law will follow its normal procedures."

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