1. ITV Report

Brecon and Radnorshire Tory MP Christopher Davies charged with falsifying expense claims

A Conservative MP has been charged with making false claims for parliamentary expenses.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Christopher Davies, the MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, is accused of two counts of making a false instrument and one of providing false or misleading information in relation to allowance claims.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on March 22.

In a statement, the CPS said it had received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police relating to allegations that Mr Davies falsified two invoices in support of parliamentary expenses claims.

A spokesman said: "Following a review of the evidence, the CPS has today charged Mr Davies with two offences of making a false instrument and one offence of providing false or misleading information for allowance claims.

"The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Davies are now active and that he has a right to a fair trial.

"It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

  • Who is Christopher Davies?

He became an MP for Brecon and Radnorshire following the 2015 General Election.

He was re-elected with an increased majority at the 2017 election.

Before his career in politics, he was rural auctioneer and estate agent.

He is a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the Welsh Affairs Committee.

I am very disappointed at today’s announcement by the CPS.

I have explained previously the circumstances that led to the investigation, relating to events dating back to When I was a newly elected MP over three years ago.

I will now speak to my lawyers and my colleagues in Parliament. I have nothing further to say about the matter at this time.

– Christopher Davies MP