South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay trial due to begin

Craig Mackinlay

South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay and two former aides go on trial today (October 15) on charges of false election expense declarations in the 2015 General Election.

Mr Mackinlay, 52, election agent Nathan Gray and party activist Marion Little  were each charged with offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983 in relation to expense declarations during the General Election.

The accusations relate to the local election spend during the Conservative campaign in 2015.

The trial had initially been due to begin at Southwark Crown Court on May 14 and was scheduled for six weeks.

This was delayed while a pre-trial appeal was heard by Lady Hale (President), Lord Mance, Lord Hughes, Lord Hodge and Lord Lloyd-Jones at the Supreme Court. A judgement on that appeal was issued on July 25.

The trial is at Southwark Crown Court, starting at 10am today, and is expected to last for several weeks. All three deny the charges.