Warren Bradley, Former Lib Dem CounciL Leader, To Be Charged With Perjury
A former council leader is to be charged with perjury following a police investigation into electoral fraud allegations.
Ex-Liberal Democrat leader of Liverpool City Council Warren Bradley has been summonsed to appear in court in March to answer the charge.
It follows a 10-month police investigation into how his son, Daniel, came to be nominated to stand in last year's local elections.
A police spokesman said: "Merseyside Police and the Crown Prosecution Service can confirm that Warren Bradley, 45, of Woodsorrell Road, Wavertree, Liverpool, has been summonsed to appear at Liverpool City Magistrates' Court on the afternoon of March 9 to be charged with one count of perjury under Section 5 of the Perjury Act.
"The summons follows a police investigation into a complaint referred to the force in April 2011.
"Following that investigation, a file of evidence was passed to the CPS, which took the decision to prosecute."
Section 5 of the Perjury Act forbids any person from making a false statutory declaration.
If found guilty, it carries a sentence of up to two years' imprisonment and/or a fine.
Mr Bradley was leader of the Lib Dem group but resigned on the day the allegations emerged, as his party suspended him and launched an inquiry into the claims.
He is alleged to have witnessed his Daniel's nomination to stand in the May 5 contest but the 18-year-old subsequently claimed that his signature was a "fake" and that he did not want to be a candidate.
A Lib Dem spokesman said today that Mr Bradley, who represents the city's Wavertree ward, had been "permanently excluded" from the party after he broke party rules by declaring that he would be seeking re-election in May as an independent candidate.
Mr Bradley's relationship with the party had been strained before the allegations about his son's nominations surfaced.
In a leaked message to Nick Clegg before the local elections, he had urged his party leader to act before "we disappear into the annals of history".
He said Lib Dem councillors were set to lose seats in local elections on May 5 and the coalition was to blame.
He went on to write: "We have to sever ties from the coalition. If we fail to do this, we have only our parliamentarians to blame."
But in response to the comments, Mr Clegg said: "I think Warren Bradley is one voice, but I think he is wrong."