Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Two recall petitions , set to force by elections labour and Tories may not want.

An MP convicted of a false expenses claim has been ordered to complete 50 hours unpaid work and fined £1,500 , the BBC report.
Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire Chris Davies pleaded guilty to providing false or misleading information for allowances claims and attempting to do so in March.
Davies, 51, made an "unreserved apology" following his sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday.
He now faces a recall petition amid calls for his resignation.
Davies must complete the community order within 12 months and was also ordered to pay £2,500 in costs.
Tom Forster QC, defending, said it was likely Mr Davies's career was in "tatters"
Labour and the Liberal Democrats have called for him to resign, but in a statement Davies said he wanted to "move on and continue" his role as an MP.
"I would like to reiterate that I made a mistake and at no point did I at any time try to make any financial gain."The Conservatives said Mr Davies has been given "formal warning" from the chief whip Julian Smith. "I have accepted today's ruling and want to take this opportunity to make an unreserved apology," .
Though  The Conservatives seem less than supportive and  said Mr Davies has been given "formal warning" from the chief whip Julian Smith.
A party spokesman said 
"it is right that the people of Brecon and Radnorshire now get to have their say about whether they still support Mr Davies".

The Wasting Mule reports that

Philip Stott, prosecuting, revealed Mr Davies found in February 2016 that only £476.02 was left in the Start Up Costs Budget, with £8,303.75 remaining in the other.
He then proceeded to create two fake invoices, so the £700 cost could be split between the two budgets - £450 to the Start Up and £250 for the other.
Mr Justice Edis said: 
"There was no error here.
"What you did was done quite deliberately and it must have taken you some time to create your fake documents. You created two, after all.
"You presented them at different times to suggest that there were two transactions, and attached a post it note to the second to this effect, thus trying to deceive your own staff.
"The chief aggravating feature is, of course, the breach of trust which is involved. Members of Parliament ask the public to place their trust in them and on election that is what happens. They become the guardians of the nation's democracy which depends on the public holding them in high esteem.
"It remains shocking that, when confronted with a simple accounting problem, you thought that the thing to do was to forge documents. That is an extraordinary thing for a person in your position, and with your background, to do."
However, he said he accepted this case was "quite different category from the cases which came to light nearly 10 years ago where much larger sums of money were involved".
Defending, Thomas Forster QC said his client - a 51-year-old father of two school-age children - was in a "privileged position" as an MP, but that his offending was a mistake rather than a "return to the bad old days" of "maxing out expenses accounts".
If Mr Davies were employed outside Parliament , he probably have not faced prosecution  for "fiddling his expenses" , but would have been immediately sacked.

This was not a mistake but a deliberate attempt to deceive and he should resign immediately.

Instead he carries on voting Davies is a lifelong Eurosceptic and a member of the European Research Group. has a influence on Brexit negotiations.

Fiona Oluyinka Onasanya who was elected as the Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Peterborough in 2017 also carries on voting despite the fact that On 19 December 2018, following a re-trial, Onasanya was found guilty of perverting the course of justice, for  for lying to police to avoid being prosecuted for speeding. She unsuccessfully sought to secure permission to appeal the conviction. Her expulsion from the Labour Party, effective in December 2018, was announced in January 2019.]On 29 January 2019, she was sentenced to three months in prison, becoming the first sitting female Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom to be jailed.
The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow duly informed the House that he gave notice that the opening of a recall petition against her may be organised; if more than 10% of the Peterborough electorate were to sign such a petition within six weeks, then her seat in the House of Commons will become forfeit and a by-election will be triggered,] though she would be free to stand in the resulting by-election. The recall petition was called on 19 March 2019 and is available for signature until 1 May 2019. 

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Peterborough[73]
LabourFiona Onasanya22,95048.1+12.5
ConservativeStewart Jackson22,34346.8+7.1
Liberal DemocratBeki Sellick1,5973.3−0.4
GreenFiona Radić8481.8-0.8
Labour gain from ConservativeSwing+2.7
Mr Davies faces such a recall Position, in which the Liberal Democrats  will have high hopes.

General Election 2017: Brecon and Radnorshire[8]
ConservativeChristopher Davies20,08148.6+7.5
Liberal DemocratJames Gibson-Watt12,04329.1+0.8
LabourDan Lodge7,33517.7+3.0
Plaid CymruKate Heneghan1,2993.1-1.3
UKIPPeter Gilbert5761.4-6.9
Registered electors56,010
Conservative holdSwing+3.4

It will be interesting to the ballot boxes for each of these constituencies  as the  seats european Election count proceeds and whether  we can see the breakdown in them.
But we are likely to see two Byelections  sooner than later which could see the Tories gain one and lose another.

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