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Police interview Conservative MP over expenses claim

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Brecon and Radnorshire MP Chris Davies has been interviewed by police about an allegation of fraudulent expense claims.

The Conservative MP spoke voluntarily to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) earlier this week, after being referred by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) over a claim for pictures for his constituency office.

Mr Davies has previously said he made an "honest mistake" in the way he submitted the claim but said he did nothing wrong.

It is understood that he is accused of manually creating two invoices for £450 and £250 rather than submitting the full £700 claim.

He has previously said he repaid £450.

In April 2018, IPSA were made aware of an allegation that an MP had submitted a false expense in relation to his Start Up costs budget in 2016.

IPSA referred this to me, and I subsequently referred it on to the MPS. The police investigation is currently ongoing.

– Andy McDonald, IPSA compliance officer

The compliance officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority made a referral to the MPS on Wednesday 4 April in relation to an allegation of fraudulent expense claims submitted by an individual.

The special enquiry team launched an investigation in June 2018. A 50-year-old man was voluntarily interviewed under caution on Tuesday 17 July 2018. Inquiries continue.

– Scotland Yard spokesman