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Bristol MP apologises over undeclared donations

Charlotte Leslie apologised to the House for failing to mention a large cash donation to her local party association. Photo: David Parry/PA

A Bristol Conservative MP has told Parliament she is "unspeakably sorry" for failing to follow rules on declaring financial interests.

Charlotte Leslie apologised to the House for failing to mention a large cash donation to her local party association in Bristol North West from the boss of the Bristol Port company.

David Ord has donated a total of £17,000 - via two different companies - to Bristol North West Conservatives.

The port company actively campaigns against a proposed Severn Barrage. Research by the Labour party shows that Charlotte Leslie has asked three questions about the impact of the barrage, without declaring the donations. She also referred to it in her maiden speech and on one other occasion.

In a statement to Parliament last night, she said the donations had been declared to the Electoral Commission, and added to the register of members' interests in August. But she said it was only yesterday (apparently after inquiries by a newspaper in Wales) that she should have declared the interest when asking the questions.

It's important to stress that she herself did not benefit financially, but her statement did acknowledge it was a serious error.

She says she also campaigns for the Henbury Loop railway scheme, which the port opposes, and it's fair to say that her statement - lasting one minute fourteen seconds - struck a contrite tone and was well received in the House.

  • Watch Charlotte Leslie's apology to the House here: