A false email purporting to be from Peter Bone claiming services in Wellingborough and Rushden are to be cut after the General Election should be investigated by police.
That is the view of top Tory David Davis, who visited Rushden yesterday and expressed shock at the “pre-meditated scam” being conducted against Mr Bone.
The former Shadow Home Secretary said: “It is a serious criminal offence under the Representation of the People Act, to tell deliberate lies about candidates during an election period (a Labour MP was convicted of a similar offence in 2010).
“This website was clearly set up with the explicit intention to smear Peter Bone and contains content which is demonstrably a lie.
“I will therefore be writing to the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, asking that he investigate this matter immediately, with a view to prosecuting whoever it was that set about this premeditated and dishonest attempt to pervert the electoral process.”
The email, supposedly from Peter Bone who is standing for re-election as MP for Wellingborough and Rushden, talks about announcements about decisions over the future of the police cells at Wellingborough Police Station, Rushden Fire Station closing and services at Isebrook Hospital in Wellingborough being relocated.
This website was clearly set up with the explicit intention to smear Peter Bone and contains content which is demonstrably a lie.David Davis
The email claims these decisions will not be made public until after the election.
However, the Northants Telegraph has had it confirmed that the email is false and has not been sent by Mr Bone.
Mr Bone and the police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds have both confirmed that the email was not sent by the Parliamentary candidate.
A statement published by Mr Bone states: “A blog site has published a completely false email purporting to come from me on April 8, 2015, to Mr Stuart Rees at NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (Nene CCG).
“This email is completely bogus and fabricated.
“No such email was written by me. As I understand it, it has been impossible for me to send any emails from my Parliamentary account since March 30 when Parliament was dissolved.
“As such, I could never have sent any such email in the first place.
“The contents of the email are totally untrue and do not represent my views.
“This is an attempt to smear me, and the Conservative Party, during the General Election campaign.
“I have campaigned long and hard for a Minor Accident & Emergency Unit at the Isebrook Hospital.
“In fact, recently, the Conservative Health Minister approved a £35m plan for an expansion to the A&E at Kettering and a Minor Accident & Emergency Unit at the Isebrook site.”
Mr Simmonds also contacted the Telegraph to confirm that the email is fraudulent and that the custody cells at Wellingborough Police Station have not been in use for about three years.
Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has released a statement in light of the false email, which states: “Nene Clinical Commissioning Group has today been made aware of online content relating to an alleged communication between Wellingborough and Rushden Conservative Parliamentary candidate Peter Bone and Stuart Rees, interim accountable officer for Nene CCG concerning services at Isebrook Hospital.
“The political blog referred to an email from Mr Bone to Mr Rees and a telephone conversation relating to the future of services at Isebrook.
“Nene CCG can confirm that no such communication has occurred.
“Mr Bone has published a statement on the local Wellingborough Conservatives website confirming that the contents are ‘totally untrue’.”