MP defends election spending after Mirror article
MP has defended his election spending despite the Daily Mirror
naming him in an investigation into how 24 Tory MPs reportedly
failed to declare thousands of pounds spent on their election
campaigns in marginal seats.
newspaper says James Heappey had an election spening limit of
£16,092.51 and declared £14,575.64, but it claims
he did not declare the visit of the Conservatives battle bus,
hotels or food and therefore had an estimated overspend of £633.13.
Mirror says some of the MPs could have breached strict spending
Mr Heappey told The Mirror: "My election expense return for
the 2015 election was completed and returned by my election agent
in accordance with the law."
included all items authorised by my election agent for use in
my campaign. I signed the necessary declaration on that basis."
am aware that Conservative Campaign Headquarters campaigned across
the UK for the return of a Conservative Government, including
in seats such as mine. Such campaigning would be part of the national
return not within our local return."
Conservative spokesman confirmed: "MPs election expense returns
for the 2015 election were completed and returned by election
agents in accordance with the law. Conservative Campaign Headquarters
campaigned across the country for the return of a Conservative
Government. Such campaigning would be part of the national return,
not local return."