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Tory MP Derek Conway will NOT face police investigation over payments to son

Last updated at 21:56pm on 20th March 2008

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No charges: Scotland Yard said they will not pursue the matter of Derek Conway paying his son to be a researcher

Disgraced MP Derek Conway has escaped a full-scale police investigation into payments of tens of thousands in taxpayers' cash to his son.

Scotland Yard announced last night that it was not "appropriate" to launch an inquiry into the shamed Tory.

Mr Conway was censured by the Commons for misusing £50,000 of public funds to employ his younger son Freddie as a researcher while he was still at university.

The case was passed to the Metropolitan Police for them to see whether the Old Bexley and Sidcup MP had broken any laws.

But the force said last night that the archaic way the Parliamentary allowances system was administered meant it would be virtually impossible to carry out a successful investigation.

Because the Commons rules do not state in black and white who MPs should employ or how much they should be paid, the police would not be able to prove whether Mr Conway had committed a crime.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said the Crown Prosecution Service believed that "the lack of systems in this case to account for MPs' expenses would severely undermine the viability of any criminal investigation leading to a prosecution".

It added: "In these circumstances we do not believe that it is appropriate for a police investigation to be instigated."

Mr Conway caused controversy after it emerged he had paid Freddie as a research assistant on nearly £12,000 a year for a 17-hour week, plus some £10,000 in bonuses, while he was studying at Newcastle University.

The Commons Standards and Privileges Committee concluded that his son seemed to have been "all but invisible during the period of his employment".

Mr Conway was barred from the Commons for ten days and was expelled from the Conservative parliamentary party. He was also ordered to repay up to £13,000.

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Mr Conway paid his son, Freddie, nearly £12,000 a year for a 17-hour week, plus some £10,000 in bonuses, but he was 'all but invisible during the period of his employment'

Later, Mr Conway announced he would stand down at the next election but insisted he was no "crook".

A root-and-branch review of MPs' generous expenses - which average £135,000 a year - is now under way.

Anti-sleaze MP Norman Baker, a Liberal Democrat frontbencher, said the police decision not to investigate MPs suspected of misusing taxpayers' money because of the lack of parliamentary rules would further erode public trust in politicians.

Duncan Borrowman, the prospective LibDem parliamentary candidate who wrote to police urging them to investigate Mr Conway, said he was "disappointed" with the decision.

Parliament's standards commissioner John Lyon has also began a second investigation into payments of £32,000 to Mr Conway's elder son Henry while he, too, was a full-time university student.


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Don't you love that all are equal under the law? Some just a little more.....

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Scotland Yard announced last night that it was not "appropriate"!?

<_< Grrrrr... if that was you or me.. ordinary people that are like you and me

They'd chuck the book at us..

Instead, they think we're the keepers of their destiny!

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not surprised, the shower of sh** get away with everything, its a ****ing joke,

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