MP Chris Davies could face fraud probe over expenses claim

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Policewomen could investigate an MP for fraud over a expenses claim he submitted in 2016.

Chris Davies, who take ons Brecon and Radnorshire, said he made «an honest mistake» by claiming for furnishings and pictures for his constituency office.

A complaint was made to the Conservative Party in Parade and was passed to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).

Mr Davies commanded he had repaid £450 after being asked to do so by IPSA.

‘Clear my favour’

The Metropolitan Police said IPSA — which oversees MPs’ expenses — facilitate a make up for a referral on 4 April «in relation to an allegation of fraudulent expense claims submitted by an distinct».

A spokesman said the matter was «currently subject to an assessment by officers from the Met’s Individual Enquiry Team».

Mr Davies, who was first elected to Parliament in 2015, attributed the declare to «my inexperience of the IPSA code» and insisted he had never claimed for something he was not licensed to.

He accepted he manually created two invoices in a claim for expenses which he should secure entered online, but insists the information had been in the public domain for two years.

«I’ve apologised for dispiriting the code wrong. I’ve done nothing wrong whatsoever and I want to blameless my name and deal with this,» he said.

IPSA said it was «rush ated aware of this issue at the end of March 2018 and we have taken apportion action, including the recovery of funds».

Mr Davies said he only changed aware of the police’s involvement when contacted by the Mail on Sunday newspaper on Saturday, but broke he would «happily explain the situation to the police».

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