Two UKIP county council candidates who stood in Ilkeston charged with election fraud

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Two members of UKIP who stood for seats on Derbyshire County Council have been charged with election fraud.

Terry Calladine and John Geehan are alleged to have forged signatures on nomination forms when they stood in 2017’s local elections.

Both men stood as candidates in Ilkeston and delivered the forms, with the alleged forged signatures, to the returning officer in March last year.

Calladine, 56, of Lime Grove, Long Eaton, stood for UKIP in Ilkeston South in last year’s election, receiving 213 votes in a seat that was won by the Labour Party’s John Frudd.

Geehan, 71, of Margaret Avenue, Ilkeston, stood for the same party in Ilkeston West, receiving 237 votes in a seat that was won by the Tory Party’s Tony King.

Calladine has been charged under election law with two counts of causing or permitting on a local government election nomination form the signature of an elector to assent a candidate’s nomination which they knew was not written for that purpose.

He denies the charges.

Geehan has been charged with three counts of the same offence.

He has pleaded guilty to one count and not guilty to the others.

Both men appeared at Derby Crown Court this week for a pre-trial review hearing ahead of a trial at the same court in September.

They were handed unconditional bail. Trial is expected to last five days.

- This story first appeared on Derbyshire Live.