Sacked MP Chris Davies to fight for old seat in by-election

Chris Davies was convicted in March of expenses fraud

Monday, June 24, 2019

Former MP Chris Davies has been selected by the Conservative Party to fight for the seat he lost after constituents signed a petition to remove him.

The 51-year-old was removed as the MP for Brecon and Radnorshire in Wales after more than 10,000 people signed a recall petition, triggering a by-election.

The recall petition was launched after Mr Davies - who has held the seat since 2015 - was convicted in March for faking expense claims.

But local Conservative members have decided that Mr Davies should fight for his old seat in the upcoming by-election, which is likely to take place after the new Prime Minister is selected.

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

“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.”

Mr Davies was convicted after he admitted submitting two false expenses invoices for photographs costing £700.

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

The chairman of Brecon and Radnorshire Conservatives, Peter Weavers, said Mr Davies had the party’s full backing.

“Chris is local, he knows the area, he knows the constituents, knows the issues and problems we face, and that matters,” he said.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Brexit Party have also announced plans to contest the seat.

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