Zac Goldsmith clashes with Channel 4

New MP Zac Goldsmith has appeared on Tory TV, sorry, Sky to deny claims made by Channel 4 News that he had overspent on his election expenses.

Refusing to speak to C4 itself, he told Sky that accusations that he had ploughed too much money into his campaign to become Richmond Park MP.

Channel 4 reported that he had significantly overspent on the £11,003 election expenses limit by not declaring all the costs for leaflets, signs and a batch of jackets bearing the slogan “I back Zac”.

Goldsmith told Sky: “Channel 4 has looked at a number of MPs, found exactly the same story with each one and decided that – given that my campaign was a high-profile campaign and I was a high-profile candidate, not always for the best reasons – they decided to focus on mine.

“I don’t mind if they want to look at the funding formula, if they want to look at the rules. That’s entirely their prerogative. I’m sure they could do with being looked at.

“But what they have done tonight, according to the website press release I have seen, is entirely dishonest and totally misleading and, in my view, profoundly unethical.”

A Channel 4 spokesman said: “We refute any suggestion that Zac Goldsmith was targeted simply because he is a high-profile figure.

“The questions we have raised relating to his expenses are entirely legitimate. The issues we found regarding Mr Goldsmith’s campaign expenses are materially different and of a different scale to those found in other returns we looked at.”

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