Tory Mackinlay in court over election expenses

Craig Mackinlay arriving at Westminster Magistrates’ Court [Image: Sky News].

This is for information – remember the case remains sub judice and nobody should pass any comment that could prejudice its outcome.

A Conservative MP has appeared in court to face charges over his 2015 General Election expenses.

Craig Mackinlay is accused of offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983 – along with Marion Little, 62, and Nathan Gray, 28.

He faces two counts of making a false election expenses declaration while his election agent Gray, of Red Oak, in Hawkhurst, Kent, faces one.

Campaign director Little, of New Road, in Ware, Hertfordshire, faces three counts related to aiding Mackinlay and Gray in making false declarations.

All three defendants indicated not guilty pleas when the charges were read to them.

The case has been sent for trial at Southwark Crown Court.

The defendants, who were released on unconditional bail, will next appear on 1 August.

The 50-year-old retained his seat of South Thanet in Kent in the recent General Election with an increased majority of 6,387, just one week after it was announced he would be prosecuted.

Source: Tory MP Craig Mackinlay appears in court over election expenses

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