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15 August 2017, 11:25
A Kent Conservative MP has been told he will go on trial in May next year on charges over his 2015 general election expenses.
Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, is accused of knowingly making a false election expenses declaration. His election agent Nathan Gray, 28 and of Red Oak, in Hawkhurst, faces one count.
While Conservative campaign director Marion Little, 62, of New Road in Ware, Hertfordshire, is accused of three counts related to aiding Mackinlay and Gray in making false declarations.
Mr Justice Edis told the three defendants in the dock that their trial would begin on May 14 at Southwark, and was estimated to last six weeks.
The trio are yet to enter their pleas.
In 2015, Mackinlay beat Nigel Farage, then Ukip leader, into second place with a majority of almost 3,000, taking 38% of the vote.