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Tory MP fined and given community service for falsifying invoices

TORY MP Christopher Davies has been fined £1,500 and ordered to carry out 50 hours community service after submitting two false expenses invoices.

The Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire showed no emotion as he was handed the sentence by Mr Justice Edis at Southwark Crown Court in central London today.

He had falsified the two expenses invoice for landscape photographs to decorate his new office.

The 51-year-old was told he had committed “two very serious offences” which were “absolutely intended to deceive” when he appeared before magistrates last month.

He admitted two charges of attempting to provide false or misleading information for an allowance claim.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Edis said: “It seems shocking that when confronted with a simple accounting problem that you thought to forge documents.

“That is an extraordinary thing for a man with your position and your background to do.”

The two charges related to the period when Davies was setting up his constituency office following the 2015 general election.

Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said: “It’s shocking that the Conservative Party has still failed to take action against Christopher Davies over a month after he admitted stealing from the public purse.

“MPs getting away with this kind of self-serving, dishonest behaviour turns people off politics. Theresa May has continued to rely on his vote for her botched Brexit deal, when she should have kicked him out of her party immediately.

“Christopher Davies has shown he is not fit to sit in Parliament. The Prime Minister should finally do the right thing and get rid of him.”
 
Under parliamentary rules, Davies does not automatically lose his seat as an MP because his sentence was less than the 12-month minimum.

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