In 45 days' time the electorate of Britain will decide on a government that will manage the country's affairs for the next five years. As that day draws near allegations and accusations regarding cash for access and more are flying around at a fast and furious pace.
This week Liberal Democrat peer Lord Strasburger has "resigned the party whip after he was linked to cash-for-access allegations suggesting that a donation may have “bought” access to Nick Clegg. The party has called in the Electoral Commission to investigate a financial gift it allegedly accepted from the “stepfather” of a journalist posing as a businessman."
2015 has been a bumper year for political stings and has crossed all major political parties in the UK.
But Tory candidate Afzal Amin has been suspended following allegations that he plotted with the controversial EDL to 'buy' votes in a new low. An emergency Tory party meeting was held after footage was released and they quickly acted by suspending Amin.
The seat in question is a marginal Labour, Dudley North, an inter-racial area of the Midlands. Labour currently has a 649 seat majority which means it could easily be taken by another party.
Amin is accused of working with the EDL to promote an anti-Mosque march which would be scrapped leaving him to take the credit for diffusing a potentially violent situation; his actions if true break all parliamentary and election rules.
If the accusations are proven it is a new low for British politics. Veteran Tory Anna Soubry told the Andrew Marr show Sunday if he colluded with the far-right EDL in such a way he should voluntarily go now.
Dudley North is one of many crucial seats needed for the Tories to secure a majority government in May. If they cannot win such seats they may face forming another coalition or be voted out of office.
Political investigations tend to be lengthy and if that is the case this time the Tories will have to find a suitable candidate to field in Dudley North as a replacement for Amin.
In his defence Amin claims the Mail on Sunday investigation has used 'snippets' of hours of conversations in effect twisting the truth. He claims he was trying to "promote better community cohesion" to "serve as a model for further dispute resolution in other towns and cities" but for now at least the jury is out.
He continues to deny wrong doing but Monday has resigned as Tory candidate for Dudley North with immediate effect. He will face a party hearing Tuesday and has said he plans to launch a robust defence.