UK Conservative lawmaker suspended over allegations of misusing funds

Apr18,2024



London: Britain's ruling Conservative Party Suspended One of its MLAs is under investigation Blame which he misused campaign funda spokesman for the Conservative Party's discipline chief said on Thursday.
The Times newspaper reported that Mark Menzies had allegedly asked his former campaign manager for thousands of pounds to pay off “bad guys” who he said had detained him overnight in a flat and then siphoned off campaign funds. Used to return them.
The newspaper said the Conservative Party was made aware of the allegations in January.
Menzies' office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but The Times strongly denied the allegations, quoting him as saying he had “fully followed all the rules for the announcement”.
Referring to his suspension, the spokesperson said, “Following a call with the Chief Whip (the Conservatives in charge of party discipline), Mark Menzies has agreed to step down as Conservative whip pending the outcome of the investigation.” Currently in Parliament as an independent MLA.
The allegations against Menzies are a fresh blow to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, whose party trails the main opposition Labor Party in opinion polls ahead of a national election later this year.
Earlier this month, another conservative legislator She left the party after admitting to handing out her co-workers' private phone numbers to someone she met on a dating app.



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