Welsh Conservative MP charged over fraudulent expenses claims

Chris Davies

Brecon and Radnorshire MP Chris Davies. Image: UK Parliament

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Welsh Conservative MP has been charged in connection with allegations over fraudulent expenses claims.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed today that Chris Davies has been charged following evidence submitted by the Metropolitan Police investigating claims he had falsified parliamentary expenses claims invoices.

Mr Davies has been the MP for Brecon and Radnorshire since taking the seat from the Liberal Democrats in 2015.

 

A CPS spokesperson said: “Following a review of the evidence, the CPS has today charged Mr Davies with two offences of making a false instrument and one offence of providing false or misleading information for allowance claims.”

The charges relate to expenses filed in early 2016, with two counts of forgery contrary to section 1 of the Foregery and Counterfeiting Act 1981, and one count of providin false or misleading information for allowances contrary to section 10 of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009. 

 

'Dissapointed'

Mr Davies said he was “disappointed” by the allegations.

He said: "I have explained previously the circumstances that led to the investigation, relating to events dating back to when I was a newly elected MP over three years ago.

"I will now speak to my lawyers and my colleagues in Parliament. I have nothing further to say about the matter at this time."

Mr Davies will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 22 March.