Tory MP faces ‘false election expenses’ trial
A TORY MP faces a jury trial on charges over his 2015 general election expenses.
Craig Mackinlay is accused of offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983 alongside campaign director Marion Little, 62, and election agent Nathan Gray, 28.
Mackinlay, who lives in Ramsgate in Kent, arrived at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning with his wife Kati.
The 50-year-old is charged with two counts of knowingly making a false election expenses declaration, while his election agent Gray, of Hawkhurst, Kent, faces one.
Little, of Ware, Hertfordshire, is accused of three counts related to aiding Mackinlay and Gray in making false declarations.
All three defendants indicated not guilty pleas when the charges were read to them.
Last month, Mackinlay held on to his South Thanet seat with an increased majority of 6,387, just one week after it was announced he would be prosecuted.
The Crown Prosecution Service said the decision to press charges came after an investigation by Kent Police concerning allegations relating to Tory Party expenditure during the 2015 election campaign.