Tories choose expenses cheat former MP to fight key by-election

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Tories choose expenses cheat former MP to fight key by-election

Tories choose expenses cheat former MP Chris Davies to fight key by-election called after his OWN voters threw him out of the Commons following his conviction

  • Chris Davies was thrown out of the Commons by a recall petition last week
  • But the local party chose him to stand in a by-election expected in late July 
  • Vote is likely to be early test for the new prime minister days after taking office

A Tory former MP given the boot by voters after being convicted of expenses fraud has been chosen by the party to contest a by-election in his former seat.

Chris Davies was selected at the weekend to be the Conservative candidate in the Breckon and Radnorshire by-election, days after 10,005 people signed a recall petition chucking him out of the Commons.

The 51-year-old was convicted in May of faking expenses claims after he admitted to submitting two false expenses invoices for landscape photographs to decorate his new office in 2015.

He became the second MP to lose a recall petition following the by-election in Peterborough earlier this month in which the Tories limped home in fourth place.

Mr Davies, pictured leaving court in May, was fined £1,500, ordered to pay £2,500 towards legal costs and told to carry out 50 hours of community service for expenses fraud

Mr Davies, pictured leaving court in May, was fined £1,500, ordered to pay £2,500 towards legal costs and told to carry out 50 hours of community service for expenses fraud

Writing on Facebook today Mr Davies said he had been given an 'opportunity to regain the support of my constituents'.

'I would like to thank members of my local association for supporting me, and putting their faith in me once again' he wrote.

'I look forward to campaigning over the next few weeks and winning back this seat, so that I can continue to work hard for the people of Brecon and Radnorshire.

'A lot has been achieved over the past four years, but there is so much more to do, and I am the right person to do it.'

In a crunch test for the new prime minister - most likely Boris Johnnson - the by-election is likely in the last week of July - days after they are unveiled

In a crunch test for the new prime minister - most likely Boris Johnnson - the by-election is likely in the last week of July - days after they are unveiled

Mr Davies has been MP for Brecon and Radnorshire since the 2015 general election, where he beat incumbent Liberal Democrat Roger Williams with the constituency's largest majority since 1983.  

In a crunch test for the new prime minister - most likely Boris Johnnson - the by-election is likely in the last week of July - days after they are unveiled - in a Welsh constituency which in a mirror image of the nation as a whole, voting 52 per cent to 48 per cent to leave in the 2016 Brexit referendum.   

Some 10,005 people, 19 per cent of the 56,032 electorate, voted to trigger the by-election, substantially more than the 10 per cent that was needed, Powys County Council revealed today.  

Voters who wanted to sign the recall petition had to do so in person as a series of polling station-style venues were set up by the local authority. 

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