MP James Clappison given full backing by Hertsmere Tory party

EMBATTLED Hertsmere MP James Clappison has been given the full backing of his constituency party. Mr Clappison has come under fire following revelations about

EMBATTLED Hertsmere MP James Clappison has been given the full backing of his constituency party.

Mr Clappison has come under fire following revelations about expenses he claimed for his second home in St Albans.

The 52-year-old Tory used taxpayers' money to buy plants, a bed, a washing machine and a kitchen blender for the property, but has insisted he has not broken any parliamentary rules.

Yet despite public outcry over MPs' expenses, his position has been endorsed by Hertsmere Conservative Association.


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Speaking to the Potters Bar Edition, chairman Brenda Batten said: "We are very happy to support him.

"The officers met and discussed this when the allegations were first revealed.

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"We had a look into all of the allegations.

"We decided that James was a man of integrity and we are prepared to back him."

Mrs Batten, who was elected as chairman of the Conservative association in March, also said the party would be "quite happy" to support Mr Clappison if he decides to stand at the next General Election.

Former barrister Mr Clappison has been Hertsmere MP since taking over the seat from ex-Conservative cabinet minister Cecil Parkinson in 1992.

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