Shamed MP will not be investigated by police

PUBLISHED: 17:38 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:34 25 August 2010

DISHONOURED MP Derek Conway will not face a police investigation for allegedly abusing his parliamentary allowance.

DISHONOURED MP Derek Conway will not face a police investigation for allegedly abusing his parliamentary allowance.

The Metropolitan Police Service announced last Thursday that it will not investigate the Old Bexley and Sidcup MP for allegedly overpaying his sons for parliamentary work.

The Met considered the case after commissioner Sir Ian Blair demanded to know why the case was not referred to his force in February.

John Lyons, Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, responded on March 17, but on advice from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) police decided not to investigate.

A Met spokesman said the lack of methods to account for MPs' expenses would make a prosecution unlikely.

He added: "In these circumstances we do not believe that it is appropriate for a police investigation to be instigated."

Mr Conway paid his youngest son, Freddie, nearly £50,000 for working as his researcher for three years while at university in Newcastle.

But the Parliamentary Standards Committee said there was no evidence that the work had been done in a January report.

Duncan Borrowman, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup, said the result would be a blow for the public's faith in scrutiny of MPs.

He said: "It is presumptuous for the CPS to make that assumption based on the Parliament watchdog's investigation.

"I think at least the police should be able to make their own initial investigation as to whether there is a trail to investigate in the first place."

Following the scandal which sparked national debate on MPs' allowances, Mr Conway was suspended from Parliament for 10 days and will not stand for Parliamentary election again.

Mr Conway said: "I have nothing to add and certainly nothing in response to Mr Borrowman.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Bexley Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Bexley Times