Channel 4 News Election Expenses investigation wins IRE award

‘Election Expenses Exposed’, an investigation I’ve been working on with the Channel 4 News Investigations Team for the last 18 months, has won an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award in the Broadcast Large category.

The IRE awards are held annually, and recognise the best in investigative reporting across the globe.

The Channel 4 News team behind the Election Expenses investigation is made up of Michael Crick, Job Rabkin, Ed Fraser, Guy Basnett, Andy Lee, Ed Howker, Tom Stone, and Paul McNamara.

See all the IRE 2016 Awards winners and nominations here.

So far, Election Expenses Exposed has also been shortlisted for two Royal Television Society (RTS) awards, and nominated in the Best Campaigning / Investigative Journalism category of the Online Media Awards.




Election Expenses Exposed is a long-running investigation into allegations the Conservative Party failed to properly declare campaign spending. The allegations centre on by-elections in 2014 and the 2015 General Election. It includes the contest for the South Thanet seat and the party’s ‘BattleBus’ tour taking activists to marginal constituencies.

The investigation led to a probe by the Electoral Commission, resulting in a record fine.  A series of police investigations are also underway. A total of 15 forces have now passed files to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who will decide if any MPs or their agents should be charged. The files relate to at least 30 individuals, including MPs and agents.

You can see the full timeline of the investigation on the Election Expenses Exposed website.

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Guy Basnett is an investigative journalist and reporter. He has held the posts of Chief Reporter at The Journal, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Features Writer at the News of the World, and Deputy Features Editor at the News of the World. He was awarded Young Reporter of the Year at the Press Gazette Regional Press Awards 2006, shortlisted for Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards 2009, and shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 2010. He currently works in the Investigations Unit of Channel 4 News.