MP faces jury trial over false election expenses

The Conservative MP for South Thanet, Craig Mackinlay, faces a jury trial on charges over his 2015 general election expenses.

Mackinlay is accused of offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983 alongside campaign director Marion Little, 62, and election agent Nathan Gray, 28.

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MP faces jury trial over false election expenses

Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay, with his wife Kati Mackinlay, leaving court this morning Credit: PA

A Conservative MP faces a jury trial on charges over his 2015 general election expenses.

Craig Mackinlay is accused of offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983 alongside campaign director Marion Little, 62, and election agent Nathan Gray, 28.

Mackinlay, from Ramsgate in Kent, arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court on this morning with his wife Kati.

The 50-year-old is charged with two counts of knowingly making a false election expenses declaration, while his election agent Gray, of Red Oak, in Hawkhurst, Kent, faces one.

All three defendants indicated not guilty pleas when the charges were read to them and were released on unconditional bail ahead of their next appearance at Southwark Crown Court on 1st August.

Last month, Mackinlay held on to the Kent seat of South Thanet with an increased majority of 6,387, just one week after it was announced he would be prosecuted.

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MP due in court for election expenses

Craig Mackinlay is due in court later today over election expenses Credit: ITV news

A Conservative MP will be appearing in court over charges about his 2015 general election expenses.

Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet is accused of offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983 alongside Marion Little, 62, and Nathan Gray, 28.

Mr Mackinlay will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.

He denies any wrongdoing.

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