1. ITV Report

Tory MP’s election expenses trial delayed until October

Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay (Victoria Jones/PA) Photo: PA Archive/PA Images

The trial of a Conservative MP accused of fiddling his 2015 general election expenses has been delayed until October.

Craig Mackinlay, 51, is charged with offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983, alongside Marion Little, a campaign director,
and Nathan Gray, an election agent.

The South Thanet MP, from Ramsgate in Kent, faces two counts of knowingly making a false election expenses declaration.

Gray, 29, from Hawkhurst, Kent, faces one charge of making a false declaration and a further charge of using a false instrument.

Craig Mackinlay is MP for South Thanet Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

Little, 63, from Ware in Hertfordshire, is accused of three counts related to aiding Mackinlay and Gray in making false declarations.

All three defendants, who are on bail, have denied wrongdoing.

The trial was due to start in May at Southwark Crown Court and go on for six weeks.

At a hearing at the Old Bailey, Mr Justice Edis said the case should be re-scheduled for October 15.

A further hearing was set for September 14.