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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."

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MP Peter Bone: We have suffered trial by media

Conservative MP Peter Bone said he and his wife have suffered "trial by media" after the Crown Prosecution Service announced that the couple will not face any charges over fraud allegations.

Mr Bone said in a statement: "What has been so frustrating about this whole episode is that it has been going on for over a year, without an opportunity for us to clear our names. Recently, we have suffered trial by media."

File photo of Peter Bone Credit: ITV News

"One newspaper in particular has printed information that is incorrect and made allegations that are totally untrue," he went on. "It seems that certain newspapers feel able to print information that is without foundation, despite being told in advance that that information is factually incorrect."

Read: MP Peter Bone won't face any charges over fraud claims

"As we have done nothing wrong and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) only considered the evidence, not newspaper innuendo, we have been proven innocent," the 61-year-old added. "We are naturally delighted that this nightmare has now come to an end."

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MP Peter Bone won't face charges over fraud claims

The Crown Prosecution Service said there was "insufficient evidence" against Mr Bone and his wife. Credit: ITV Daybreak

Conservative MP Peter Bone and his wife will not face any charges over fraud allegations, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

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 said "We have decided there is insufficient evidence to charge any criminal offence."

It explained: “The evidence showed: firstly that the woman’s mother considered the suspects' conduct to be acceptable; secondly that the suspects acted openly in declaring the sale of the mother’s house to the Council; thirdly that no element of dishonesty could be proved."

It added that there is an ongoing civil litigation case.

Man still being questioned following explosion at MP's office in Lincolnshire

Conservative party office in Bourne Credit: ITV News

A 24-year-old man is still being questioned after an explosion at a Conservative party office in Lincolnshire.

Police were called to the blast at Conservative Hall in Bourne early yesterday morning.

The bomb squad was called in and parts of the town centre were sealed off for 12 hours.

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MP condemns blast at offices

An MP whose offices were damaged after an explosion, has issued a statement condemning the "act of violence." Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles was not at the Conservative Hall in Bourne at the time of the blast and no one was injured. A man has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Obviously I deplore this act of violence. The incident is being investigated by police and I know that everyone will do whatever they can to support the investigation. In the meantime, we should all carry on doing our jobs as normal"

– Nick Boles, Grantham and Stamford MP

A police spokesman said officers attended the scene and minor damage had been caused to the building.

Man arrested following explosion in Lincolnshire

Police have arrested a man following an explosion at Conservative Hall in Burghley Street, Bourne, at around 1:24am this morning.

Officers attended the scene and minor damage had been caused to the building and no one had been hurt.

Initial inquiries were carried out and a 24-year-old local man was arrested in connection with the incident. He is currently helping police with their inquires.

Early indications suggest this incident is not linked to any wider issues or recent events in the county.

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Yeo claims follow Patrick Mercer resignation

Patrick Mercer resigned from his party over lobbying claims. Credit: PA

The allegations against Tim Yeo come just a week after another Conservative MP, the backbencher Patrick Mercer (pictured), was forced to resign the party whip after being caught up in a another set of lobbying claims.

As a result of those claims, the Speaker, John Bercow, reportedly suspended more than 80 House of Commons passes and the government promised to bring forward a bill to introduce a statutory register of political lobbyists.

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MP accused of tabling questions for fake lobbying firm

Patrick Mercer MP filmed by BBC Panorama
Patrick Mercer MP filmed by BBC Panorama Credit: BBC Panorama/The Telegraph

Conservative MP Patrick Mercer has been accused of breaking parliamentary rules by offering to provide a Commons pass for lobbyists and tabling parliamentary questions in return for money.

Secret filming by BBC Panorama and The Telegraph appears to show Mercer agreeing to table parliamentary questions after being paid by a fake lobbying firm. The questions were drafted by undercover reporters purporting to be lobbyists for businesses with interests in Fiji, the Telegraph alleges.

Mr Mercer is also captured on camera agreeing to approve a parliamentary pass for a "representative" for the fake firm. He said:

"I do not charge a great deal of money for these things. I would normally come out at £500 per half day, so £1,000 a day."

Parliamentary rules ban MPs from undertaking "paid advocacy" on behalf of paying clients. Mr Mercer said he is taking legal advice on the allegations.

Read: Patrick Mercer 'taking legal advice over allegations'

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