Tory party agent who deliberately misled electors in east London is given suspended sentence

Tory party agent who deliberately misled electors in east London is given suspended sentence

A woman who deliberately mislead electors in Hackney during the 2018 local Government elections has been given a suspended sentence.

Diana Danescu, from South Woodford, was found guilty on September 11 of providing false information to electors about the political party she was canvassing for.

The 28-year-old was employed by Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHGQ) as a Borough Campaign Manager.

But Scotland Yard said Danescu went rouge and took on the role of an election agent for 29 Tory candidates in the South Hackney Constitutency during the lead up to the London local Government elections in May 2018.

She submitted a number of candidate nomination forms to the returning officer for Hackney which contained the names and signatures of electors who had not truly assented to the candidates being nominated to stand.

Danescu also falsely told local electors that she was affiliated to organisations such as the Labour Party, Green Party and Hackney Council.

Her conviction follows an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Special Enquiry Team and involved 32 prosecution witnesses during a trial that lasted five weeks at Southwark Crown Court.

Danescu was found guilty of 16 offences contrary to Section 65 of the Representation of the People Act following a trial, causing or permitting a false signature to be included on a nomination form.

She was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months, 200 hours community service, ordered to pay £2,000 contribution to court costs and a statutory court surcharge.

DC Jim Morrison of the MPS Special Enquiry Team said: “Diana Danescu deliberately misled the electors of Hackney in the run up to the local government elections in May 2018.

“In addition, she submitted names of electors who had not signed the nomination papers.

“The Metropolitan Police is committed to maintaining the integrity of the democratic process. I would like to thank people living and working in Hackney who came forward and provided evidence at the trial.”

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