Chris Davies: Tory MP charged with forgery over his expenses claims

Chris Davies: Tory MP charged with forgery over his expenses claims

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A Tory MP has been charged with forgery over claims he falsified documents for his Parliamentary expenses.

Chris Davies, 51, will face court next month charged with three alleged offences dating back to early 2016.

The Crown Prosecution Service said today they brought the criminal charges after reviewing allegations that Mr Davies “falsified two invoices in support of Parliamentary expenses claims.”

The MP has represented Brecon and Radnorshire since 2015 and was made a government aide to the Wales Office in January 2018.

Today a spokesman for the Wales Office said Mr Davies is no longer a Parliamentary Private Secretary and has not been for some time.

Chris Davies (right) at the Royal Welsh Show with fellow Tories Stephen Crabb and David Cameron in 2015

The MP faces two charges of forgery – one dating between January 25 and March 11 2016, and another dating between March 28 and April 12 2016.

He faces a further charge of providing false or misleading information for allowances claims on March 6-11 2016.

Backbencher Mr Davies swept to victory in the Welsh seat in 2015 by ousting Lib Dem MP Roger Williams in a bloodbath for the pro-EU party.

He increased his majority to 8,038 in the 2017 snap election.

Born in the Swansea Valley, the state-educated MP worked as an auctioneer and estate agent before becoming a Powys county councillor in 2012.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said: “In November 2018, the Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police relating to an allegation that Christopher Davies, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, falsified two invoices in support of Parliamentary expenses claims.

Backbencher Mr Davies swept to victory in the Welsh seat in 2015 by ousting Lib Dem MP Roger Williams

“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.

“He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 22 March.

“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.”

The MP’s office has been contacted for comment.

A spokesperson for the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales said: “Chris Davies MP stood down from his role as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Wales in April 2018”.

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