Bob Spink found guilty of election fraud

Bob Spink

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Bob Spink told the court he had collected more than 1,000 signatures in his career

A former Tory MP and UKIP politician has been found guilty of election fraud.

Bob Spink, 69, former MP for Castle Point, Essex, committed the offences during the Castle Point borough council elections in May last year.

A jury at Southwark Crown Court found him guilty of four counts of permitting a false signature to be included on a nomination form for a UKIP councillor.

UKIP agent James Parkin, 38, of Canvey Island, was also convicted.

He was found guilty on two counts of the same charge.

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UKIP agent James Parkin was also convicted

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Mr Spink told the court he had been involved in politics for 30 years

The pair were found guilty by majority verdicts. They will be sentenced later.

Mr Spink, from Benfleet, Essex, was Conservative MP for Castle Point from 1992 to 1997, and again from 2001.

In 2008, he defected from the Conservative Party and joined UKIP, effectively becoming its first MP.

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