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Conservative convicted for false expenses claims withdraws from election

Credit: PA

A former MP who lost his seat after making false expenses claims has stepped down as a candidate in the general election.

It was announced Chris Davies would be standing as a Conservative candidate for the Ynys Mon seat but he's since withdraw citing "critical comments in the media."

Given the reaction in the media to the idea of me being a candidate, I have decided to pull out of the selection process.

I would not want to put my wife and family through any more distress.

– Chris Davies

Mr Davies plead guilty in March to providing false or misleading information on allowances claims. He was fined £1,500 and ordered to carry out unpaid community service.

He lost his Brecon and Radnorshire seat after a petition was launched for his recall.

The decision to select Davies as a candidate for the general election was criticised by other parties.

Plaid Cymru parliamentary candidate for Ynys Mon, Aled ap Dafydd said the decision made "a mockery of the people of the island."

The Liberal Democrats said the decision showed "contempt for voters."

The remaining candidates picked to contest the Ynys Mon seat are as follows:

  • Aled ap Dafydd - Plaid Cymru
  • Helen Jenner - Brexit Party
  • Mary Roberts - Labour