1. ITV Report

MP fined £5,000 for using House of Commons envelopes

Chris Davies Credit:

A Conservative MP who wrongly used official House of Commons envelopes to send out surveys to constituents has been ordered to pay more than £5,000.

50-year-old Chris Davies used the envelopes with House of Commons branding to contact constituents in Brecon and Radnorshire ahead of this year's General Election.

The Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Kathryn Hudson said rules were broken because the surveys were "party political".

She said Mr Davies' surveys, "Served to increase awareness of his name as the incumbent MP ahead of the imminent general election."

Mr Davies was re-elected for the seat in June with a majority of 8,038.

Mr Davies - who won the seat in 2015 - apologised and agreed to pay the £5,037.90 costs.

He said:

I fully accept the judgement and have agreed to repay the cost of the envelopes and stationary to the House of Commons for the survey in question.

– Chris Davies MP