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British Tory MP cleared of campaign expenses charges

AFP  |  London 

British was on Wednesday cleared of submitting false campaign spending returns during the 2015 general election, when he beat then-UKIP leader

Mackinlay, 52, was charged in 2017 of failing to declare more than ?60,000 ($76,000, 66,600 euros) spending on staffing, hotels and adverts during the race in Thanet,

Jurors at took more than 50 hours to decide the lawmaker was not guilty.

He reacted by tweeting: "#Notguilty".

Party activist Marion Little, 63, was found guilty of two charges and given a suspended sentence. A guilty verdict would likely have triggered a by-election at a particularly sensitive time for Theresa May, who needs as many Conservative MPs as possible to have a hope of passing her Brexit deal in parliament.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 20:15 IST