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21/06/2019 11:39 BST | Updated 21/06/2019 11:55 BST

Disgraced Tory MP Chris Davies Ousted By Recall Petition

There will now be a by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire.

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Chris Davies 

Disgraced Tory MP Chris Davies has been ousted from his seat by a recall petition, triggering a by-election in his mid-Wales seat. 

Around 19% of Davies’ Brecon and Radnorshire constituents signed a petition calling for him to be unseated – 10,005 eligible residents. Only 10% were needed in order to remove the 51-year-old from parliament.

It comes after Davies was convicted over false expense claims he made back in 2015 in order to decorate his constituency office.

He was fined £1,500 and sentenced to 50 hours of unpaid work in March after admitting two charges of forging invoices.

However, Davies will still be allowed to stand in the upcoming by-election.

The ballot could pose a threat to the Tory Party. Although Davies – who first won the seat in 2015 – was re-elected in 2017 with a majority of more than 8,000 votes, Brecon and Radnorshire was held by the Lib Dems for 18 years before that.  

Davies – who first won his seat in 2015 – is the second MP to be unseated from the Commons by recall petition.

Peterborough MP Fiona Onsanya – who was expelled from Labour after being convicted of lying about a speeding offence – was unseated in May after more than 19,000 of her constituents called for her to be removed.

Following a by-election earlier this month, the seat was narrowly won by the Labour Party, with Lisa Forbes named the new MP.

Recall petitions are launched when MPs receive a custodial sentence, are barred from the Commons for 10 sitting days or are convicted of providing false information about their expenses.