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Former MP Chris Davies to stand in by-election

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I would like to thank members of my local association for supporting me, and putting their faith in me once again.

I look forward to campaigning over the next few weeks and winning back this seat, so that I can continue to work hard for the people of Brecon and Radnorshire.

A lot has been achieved over the past four years, but there is so much more to do, and I am the right person to do it.

– Chris Davies, former MP

A former MP will fight to regain his seat in a by-election triggered when constituents signed a petition to remove him.

More than 10,000 constituents in Brecon and Radnorshire attempted to remove Chris Davies but his local party decided on Sunday to re-select him.

The recall petition was triggered after Mr Davies was found guilty of making false expenses claims.

The Liberal Democrats have announced Jane Dodds will be their candidate and Tom Davies will stand for Labour, while the Brexit Party also intends to contest the seat.

Plaid Cymru are yet to announce if they are to stand a candidate or not.

Mr Davies was found guilty of splitting the cost of £700 worth of pictures between two office budgets by creating fake invoices, when he could have claimed the amount by other means. He was fined £1,500 and told to carry out 50 hours of unpaid community service.

Friday's vote to hold a by-election accounted for 19% of the total electorate - almost double the 10% threshold required to trigger a by-election.

Recall petitions are launched when MPs receive a custodial or suspended sentence, are barred from the House of Commons for 10 sitting days or are convicted of providing false information about their expenses.

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