No charges over expenses for former East Lancs MEP

Den Dover

Den Dover

First published in News

FORMER East Lancs MEP Den Dover will not face criminal charges over allegations of expenses misconduct while representing the Tory party at Brussels and Strasbourg.

It follows a two-year investigation by Hertfordshire police after he was ordered by the European Court of Justice to repay £345,000 of “unduly paid” claims in March 2011.

The 75-year-old, Chorley MP between 1979 and 1997, was expelled from the Conservative party in November 2008 after an investigation was launched into money paid to a family-owned company.

He stood down as a North-West MEP in 2009.

The cash has now been repaid. A spokesman said: “Hertfordshire Constabulary sought early investigative advice from the Crown Prosecution Service regarding an allegation of fraud relating to European Parliamentary expenses. On detailed analysis, the reviewing lawyer said that there was insufficient evidence of fraud and/or dishonesty.”

Mr Dover, who has always denied any wrongdoing, said he felt “exonerated”.

A CPS spokesman said: “At the request of Hertfordshire Police, the CPS gave some early investigative advice on this matter. No formal charging decision was requested and we understand that the police have now decided to take no further action.”

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4:38pm Wed 20 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

For goodness sake!!! The police and CPS have no balls to charge any influential person and that goes for Clive Grunshaw too.
The justice system in this country is a total farce!
For goodness sake!!! The police and CPS have no balls to charge any influential person and that goes for Clive Grunshaw too. The justice system in this country is a total farce! glossopkid
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5:23pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Owd Akela says...

Good job he's not called Ben. Prison would have been an enlightening experience for him.
Good job he's not called Ben. Prison would have been an enlightening experience for him. Owd Akela
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