Steven Woolfe, who has been heralded as the UKIP leadership front runner has admitted to not disclosing his drink driving conviction when he stood for a Police and Crime Commissioner post.
The MEP said that he “forgot” about the conviction when he was standing for the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2012.
It has been mooted that this is breath of electoral law.
The Electoral Commission website stated that candidates must declare any convictions for which they could have received a custodial sentence.
It further goes onto state that it is a criminal offence to make a false statement on the nomination papers.
In an article with the Huffington Post, he stated that he was disqualified for 9 months and received a £350 fine after he was convicted of drink driving on a scooter.
Mr Woolfe stated: “I made a foolish mistake 14 years ago which I regret. As the years went on I forgot about the conviction as I got on with my life.
“The conviction was a spent conviction in November 2012 and not in my mind when I stood for Police and Crime Commissioner in Greater Manchester.
“It was also a spent conviction when I stood for the European elections in 2014 and general election in 2015.”
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