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Craig Mackinlay election expenses trial delayed

By Paul Francis

The trial of South Thanet Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay over election expenses has been delayed for legal reasons.

The MP has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to his 2015 general election expenses.

He has denied two counts of making a false election expenses declaration.

Craig Mackinlay, right, at the count for the 2015 general election when he beat comedian Al Murray, centre, and former Ukip leader Nigel Farage to the South Thanet seat
Craig Mackinlay, right, at the count for the 2015 general election when he beat comedian Al Murray, centre, and former Ukip leader Nigel Farage to the South Thanet seat

His campaign director Marion Little, 62, and election agent Nathan Gray, 28, have also denied charges against them.

All three were due to appear today at Southwark Crown Court for a case scheduled to last several weeks.

Mr Gray, of Hawkhurst, Kent, has denied two charges of making a false election expenses declaration.

Ms Little, of New Road, Ware, Hertfordshire, has pleaded not guilty to three counts related to aiding and abetting Mr Mackinlay and Mr Gray.

Craig Mackinlay at Ramsgate harbour
Craig Mackinlay at Ramsgate harbour

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