Gloucestershire Police have launched an investigation into claims electoral laws may have been broken in the county.

The vote last May, which saw the Conservatives soar to an unexpectedly dominant 330 seat victory, is being probed by Gloucestershire Police.

The constabulary confirmed today it was looking into an allegation of electoral fraud – although they would not specify which party or parties were involved or which constituency or constituencies were affected.

However, despite receiving the allegation, time is already running out for the investigation to take place before the one year deadline passes.

Officers can only investigate allegations of fraud for one year after the event – but police revealed today that the probe would likely take a month, passing the time limit.

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Police said: “We have received an allegation of electoral fraud and an investigation has been launched.

“We are considering an application for extension on time to investigate.

“This is in relation to the 2015 general election.”

The Electoral Commission met with police and prosecutors today and will now decide whether to grant a one month extension to the investigation.

The probe comes amid separate claims that the Tories may have breached election spending rules last year.

The party faces allegations that accommodation costs of activists bussed into key constituencies should have been recorded under individual candidates’ limits. Instead, they were included in the national campaign’s fund.

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