Election candidate cleared over cake video

An election candidate who suggested people might get free cake if they voted for him will not face any further action, police have said.

West Yorkshire Police said it was making inquiries after a video was posted on TikTok by Muhammed Ali Islam, an independent candidate in the Bradford West constituency.

In the now-deleted video, Mr Islam said: "Quote me when you get your cake and hopefully you might get a discount."

The force said no offences had been identified following an investigation.

Mr Islam told the BBC his words had been "misconstrued and misrepresented".

Under the Elections Act it is illegal to "directly or indirectly give or provide any food, drink, entertainment or provision to corruptly influence any voter to vote or refrain from voting" - in an offence known as treating.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said the candidate "has been spoken to and given guidance".

The candidates running in Bradford West are:

Akeel Hussain (Independent)

Imad Uddin Ahmed (Liberal Democrats)

Jamie Hinton-Wardle (Reform UK)

Khalid Mahmood (Green)

Muhammed Ali Islam (Independent)

Naz Shah (Labour)

Nigel Moxon (Conservative)

Umar Ghafoor (Independent)

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