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Chris Davies: Brecon and Radnorshire’s cartoon MP.

People have been celebrating this all over my Twitter feed today, and I can’t say I blame them. But I have to insert a note of caution.

Yes, Chris Davies, Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, member of the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory eurosceptics and Conservative Friend of Israel who gleefully joined in the accusations when This Writer was falsely accused of anti-Semitism, has been charged with two counts of making a false instrument and one of providing false or misleading information for allowance claims, after allegations he falsified two invoices in support of parliamentary expenses claims.

(That’s expenses fraud, to you and me.)

He will appear before magistrates in Westminster on March 22.

But we all need to remember he has been charged, not convicted.

He is entitled to a fair trial (although that’s more than I had, with regard to the anti-Semitism claims).

If he is found guilty of any or all of the offences, then the voters of Brecon and Radnorshire can have a lot of fun. The reason?

We will be able to petition for his removal as MP, and for a by-election to be held in the the constituency.

If at least 10 per cent of registered electors sign a recall petition, we can have an election and get rid of him.

As far as I’m concerned, that can’t happen soon enough. But it will only happen if justice is served so I must appeal for everyone to withhold their opinions until after the verdict.


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