The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced it will not charge any Tory politicians over the alleged breeching of expenses rules during the 2015 election campaign.

CPS investigators examined files from 14 English police forces and concluded that no further action would be taken.

Nick Vamos, head of special crime at the CPS, said: "We considered whether candidates and election agents working in constituencies that were visited by the party's 'battle bus' may have committed a criminal offence by not declaring related expenditure on their local returns.

An examination into the party’s campaign in Kent has not finished and a decision will be announced later.

“Instead, as the Electoral Commission (EC) found in its report, these costs were recorded as national expenditure by the party.

“To bring a charge, it must be proved that a suspect knew the return was inaccurate and acted dishonestly in signing the declaration.

“Although there is evidence to suggest the returns may have been inaccurate, there is insufficient evidence to prove to the criminal standard that any candidate or agent was dishonest.”

An examination into the party’s campaign in Kent has not finished and a decision will be announced later.

The EC fined the Tories £70,000 and found the party had failed to declare more than £275,000 in expenses relating to its ‘battle bus’ strategy.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron and current Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited Tolworth's Advantage Day Nursery in support of James Berry’s campaign on the battle bus in April 2015.

In March this year Mr Berry, who unseated Liberal Democrat Ed Davey, said he had done nothing wrong and had co-operated with the police investigation.

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Today Mr Berry told the Surrey Comet: “I was comfortably within the election expenses limit and acted honestly and properly throughout. I am pleased, but not surprised, that the investigation has confirmed that I have done nothing wrong and that a line has been drawn under the matter.”

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