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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.

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 any charges over fraud claims

MP Peter Bone speaking on ITV's Daybreak.
The Crown Prosecution Service said there was "insufficient evidence" against Mr Bone and his wife.

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.

Tory MP denies care home benefit fraud claims

Conservative MP Peter Bone said allegations in relation to an inquiry into benefit fraud against his family are "without foundation."

The Times reported that the Wellingborough MP had been questioned as part of a inquiry into benefit claims to pay for the residential care of hie mother-in-law, Dorothy Sweeney. Anyone with assets over £23,250 is expected to pay their own care home fees.

The paper alleges Northampton County Council was not given accurate information about Mrs Sweeney's assets before paying benefits of around £100,000. Writing on Twitter, Mr Bone said:

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The Times allegation: We have done nothing wrong. The claims made are without foundation. A full statement will be issued in due course.

Bone: Immigration 'number one issue' across UK

Immigration is the "number one issue" facing British people, a leading backbencher has said.

Peter Bone said immigration in his constituency was characterised by migrant workers from the European Union.

What it is to me is actually people coming in from the European Union, in my patch is what...the idea that they are black or something is ridiculous."

Peter Bone denied allegations the Immigration Bill would create disharmony and demonise British people of colour.

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Lawyer: Theresa May is criticising the justice system

Conservative MP Peter Bone has told Daybreak that he believes Abu Qatada should be deported.

He said: "Our supreme court said he should go, my argument is that if the supreme court said he should go, he should go."

Peter Bone, Conservative MP and David Enright, Human Rights Lawyer Credit: Daybreak

Disagreeing with Mr Bone, human rights lawyer David Enright said: "It's a terribly dangerous thing when a senior politician like yourself, and Theresa May, denigrate judges, denigrate the rule of law and denigrate the justice system."

He added: "That is the only thing that separates us from terrorists."

Eurosceptic MP: Tories united over Europe referendum

Eurosceptic Conservative MP Peter Bone has told Daybreak that the party is united behind calls for a referendum on the EU.

He said: "What David Davis is saying is what many others have said. Demanding action in this parliament guaranteeing a referendum in the next parliament."

Political commentator Andrew Pierce added: "They [the Tories] do not want any more powers. They want to take powers back from Brussels. It's Labour who are divided."

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