Three Yorkshire Labour MPs investigated by police over election expenses


Three MPs in South Yorkshire are being investigated by police over alleged electoral expenses fraud.

Labour MPs Sir Kevin Barron (Rother Valley), Sarah Champion (Rotherham) and John Healey (Wentworth and Dearne) have all denied the allegations.

South Yorkshire Police said it was in the early stages of an inquiry into alleged expenses fraud in Rotherham during the 2015 general election.

It is assessing whether the deadline for investigations can be extended. [BBC]

One of the local newspapers, The Star, adds:

It is claimed that Labour MPs Sir Kevin Barron, Sarah Champion and John Healey failed to declare thousands of pounds spent on recruiting staff to get them re-elected last year.

In two cases it is a question of whether staff costs were properly declared. In a third case there’s the twist of whether Parliamentary staff time was used on electioneering, which would not only be an election expense issue but could also be a breach of Parliamentary rules.

For the latest on Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs and their election expenses, see 20 Tory MPs named as facing police investigation over election expenses.

UPDATE: From the lack of any further stories, it looks like those early investigations did not come to anything.

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