Conservative Councillor jailed for lying on election paperwork

September 14, 2016 12:32 PM

The Conservative Councillor elected to represent Allestree back in May has been jailed after he was found guilty of lying on his official nomination paperwork.

Under election law you have to live, work or own property in the local authority area that you wish to stand for election in - but it has emerged that Richard Smalley lived outside Derby and lied about his address on his paperwork to falsely get his name on the ballot paper.

He was sentenced to two months in prison - and local taxpayers will pick up the cost of the by-election to replace him - which could be as much as £30,000.

Many residents are angry at the arrogance and betrayal by the Conservatives. One resident said: "It is clear from the comments made in court that the Conservatives simply take Allestree for granted. They think that people round here will vote for them no matter what. I think we need a change. We need someone who will put Allestree first!"