The Transport Secretary has said Ukip candidates are being put under the same scrutiny as those from other parties as the party accused the Tories of a smear campaign.
Patrick McLoughlin told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show. "Candidates are always put under scrutiny and I think it's right. Why should Ukip candidates get away without any scrutiny when other parties have scrutiny as far as their candidates are concerned?"
"I don't know anything about a smear campaign."
Asked whether it was right to trawl through would-be councillors' social media accounts, he said: "I don't know whether that's happened, I'm just saying it happens to all parties and candidates are put under scrutiny."
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