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Frome MP hits back after fresh allegations over his finances

FROME MP David Warburton has hit back following fresh allegations about his conduct that appeared in The Sunday Times at the weekend.  

David Warburton MP

The allegations concerned his finances but the MP has denied any wrongdoing.

The story in The Sunday Times alleged that the MP failed to register a £25,000 donation from a supporter in 2019. But David Warburton says that he asked for the donation to be recorded officially in Parliament’s Register of Members’ Interests at the time and has now requested the register be updated.

The other allegations relate to a financial loan and over his stake in a company and whether he needed to declare this.

In a statement to Frome Times, David Warburton responded to the allegations by saying, “It appears the extraordinarily enthusiastic smear campaign against me continues. My private banking arrangements are a personal matter and I consider these unfounded allegations a serious intrusion, and omitting to add the fund donation to my register of interests according to my instruction has since been requested.”

The MP is still currently under investigation by Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme over allegations of sexual harassment and drug use, which he also denies.

He had the Conservative Party Whip removed last year when the allegations came to light but remains a sitting MP.

The new allegations come a short time after he told Frome Times that he was still planning to stand in the next parliamentary elections, as reported in our last issue.

He told us last month that he felt “frustrated by the length of time this investigation is taking and the constraints I am under during this period…As ever, I refute the allegations made against me and look forward to the conclusion of the investigation.”

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