Tory MP faces ‘false elec­tion ex­penses’ trial

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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.

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