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Tory MP Peter Bone facing expenses probe

Peter Bone says he and his wife have endured 'trial by media' over his expenses.
Peter Bone says he and his wife have endured 'trial by media' over his expenses. Credit: ITV News

A Conservative MP is being investigated by a Westminster standards watchdog over his expenses claims.

Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Hudson has launched an inquiry into Peter Bone's use of allowances related to his second home.

Wellingborough MP Mr Bone said he had done nothing wrong and had always sought approval from the authorities for his claims.

The inquiry comes just days after Maria Miller resigned as culture secretary following a row over claims made in relation to her second home.

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New Wellingborough mayor named

Jim Bass has been named as the new Mayor of Wellingborough and will take office in May Credit: Borough Council of Wellingborough

Conservative councillor Jim Bass has been named as the new Mayor of Wellingborough.

Mr Bass, who had a long career in the engineering industry, wants to use his year as mayor to develop relationships with industry and educational facilities.

Cllr Bass said: “It is a great honour to be appointed as mayor by my peers. The borough is changing and growing, and we’re excited to become a part of new communities that will be developing throughout this year and beyond."

Jim Bass has been a councillor for Ecton, Mears Ashby and Sywell for seven years. He takes office as mayor on Thursday 29 May.

Northamptonshire MP promoted in wake of Maria Miller resignation

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadson is now the Economic Secretary to the Treasury Credit: ITV News

Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has been made a junior Treasury minister following the resignation of the Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

Andrea Leadsom has been the Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire since May 2010.

She is now the Economic Secretary to the Treasury replacing Nicky Morgan who is now Financial Secretary to the Treasury, a job vacated by Sajid Javid who was promoted to the Cabinet as the new Culture Secretary.

Protest over 'Bedroom Tax'

Protestors staging a 'sleep in' protest Credit: ITV News Anglia

Campaigners are taking to the streets today to protest against the government's spare room subsidy, also known as the bedroom tax.

In Norwich city centre activists set up a 'sleep in' on the pavement.

An activist talks to passersby about their campaign Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's a year since the so called bedroom tax was introduced.

It reduces housing benefit for people with a spare bedroom. Protestors say it's led to a rise in rent arrears, and even evictions.

The government say the spare room subsidy is necessary to reduce the welfare bill.

Protestors took sleeping bags onto the streets Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Peter Bone: 'Claims against me have been a nightmare'

"Your house can be raided by police and you know you've done nothing wrong and nothing happens for a year," Conservative MP Peter Bone told ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener after it was announced that will not face charges over fraud claims.

"In a way it's alright for me as an MP I'm used to having people say nasty things about me but it's very unfair on my wife and children," he added.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: "We received a complaint about a suspected fraud and had a duty to investigate those claims. By their very nature, fraud investigations are complicated and can take a long time to complete.

"Following our investigations, we submitted a file for consideration to the Crown Prosecution Service and we have now been informed of their decision."

Rock the House: Get involved

There is less than a week to apply for Parliament's biggest competition and it's not a political one but a musical one.

Every summer a one off concert is held at the houses of parliament to showcase some of the nations undiscovered musical acts and our MPs want to hear nominations from the Anglia region.

Getting ready to 'Rock the House' Credit: ITV Anglia

If you want to get involved there are full details at www.rockthehousehoc.com

MP Peter Bone will not be charged

Prosecutors say Conservative MP Peter Bone and his wife will not face any charges over fraud allegations.

Peter Bone MP Credit: ITV Anglia

Northamptonshire police investigated the Wellingborough MP and his wife over claims that assets belonging to his mother-in-law were concealed so Northamptonshire County Council would fund her care home fees.

The CPS says there's insufficient evidence to pursue a criminal charge and no element of dishonesty could be proved.

Mr Bone says he and his wife are relieved their 'nightmare' is at an end.

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