Expenses cheat Chris Davies becomes SECOND MP to be booted out

BREAKING NEWS: Expenses cheat Ch

Expenses cheat Chris Davies becomes SECOND MP to be booted out

BREAKING NEWS: Expenses cheat Chris Davies becomes SECOND MP to be booted out of the Commons as voters trigger a by-election in new headache for Tories

The Conservatives are facing another major by-election headache today after MP Chris Davies was booted out by voters after falsifying his expenses. 

The 51-year-old Welsh Tory will face a by-election after becoming the second MP to lose a recall petition, in his Brecon and Radnorshire seat. 

It follows the by-election in Peterborough earlier this month in which the Tories limped home in fourth place as Labour held off Nigel Farage's Brexit Party to retain the seat previously held by disgraced Fiona Onasanya.

Mr Davies had an 8,000 majority, while Peterborough has been a Tory/Labour marginal, and any defeat or narrow win in the south east Wales seat would be greeted with panic in Tory HQ.

Some 10,005 people, some 19 per cent of the 56,032 electorate, voted to trigger the by-election, Powys County Council revealed today. 

Mr Davies was convicted for faking expenses claims after he admitted to submitting two false expenses invoices for landscape photographs to decorate his new office in 2015

Mr Davies was convicted for faking expenses claims after he admitted to submitting two false expenses invoices for landscape photographs to decorate his new office in 2015

He was fined £1,500, ordered to pay £2,500 towards legal costs and told to carry out 50 hours of community service

He was fined £1,500, ordered to pay £2,500 towards legal costs and told to carry out 50 hours of community service

The Conservative MP was convicted for faking expenses claims after he admitted to submitting two false expenses invoices for landscape photographs to decorate his new office in 2015.

He was fined £1,500, ordered to pay £2,500 towards legal costs and told to carry out 50 hours of community service.

Peterborough's former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya became the first MP to be unseated from the Commons in a recall petition in May after she was jailed for perverting the course of justice

Peterborough's former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya became the first MP to be unseated from the Commons in a recall petition in May after she was jailed for perverting the course of justice

The recall petition opened on May 9 and Mr Davies' constituents have had six weeks to sign it before it closes at 5pm on June 20.

Ten per cent or more of constituents - around 5,600 people - had to sign it to force him out of his seat and force a by-election, in which he will be allowed to stand for re-election.

Recall petitions are launched when MPs receive a custodial sentence, including suspended sentences, are barred from the Commons for 10 sitting days or are convicted of providing false information about their expenses.

Peterborough's former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya became the first MP to be unseated from the Commons in a recall petition in May after she was jailed for perverting the course of justice.

The verification of the petition and count took place at 10am today at County Hall in Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

The Petition Officer notified House of Commons Speaker John Bercow of the outcome before the result was made public.

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