SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE POLICE PROBE 3 LABOUR MPS FOR EXPENSES FRAUD

  • South Yorkshire Police to investigate three MPs for electoral fraud
  • Sir Kevin Barron, John Healey and Sarah Champion all under spotlight
  • Miss Champion accused of using parliamentary assistant to campaign
  • Alleged Sir Barron did not declare £21,000 spent on staff for 2015 vote
  • Mr Healey probed about £30,000 expenditure not properly declared 
Paul Cahalan for The Mail on Sunday
John Healey MP, is being investigated by police in South Yorkshire. It is alleged he failed to properly declare £30,000 in expenditure during the 2015 election
Police have announced that they are investigating three Labour MPs for electoral expenses fraud after they allegedly failed to declare tens of thousands of pounds spent on recruiting staff to get them re-elected.
South Yorkshire Police are investigating Sir Kevin Barron, John Healey and Sarah Champion over financial declarations made to the Electoral Commission in the run-up to the General Election last year.
A key question may be whether the Labour Party or the individual MPs were responsible for declaring this expenditure.
Sir Kevin, MP for Rother Valley, allegedly did not correctly declare £21,000 spent on one member of staff hired before the 2015 Election, while Mr Healey, who represents Wentworth and Dearne, is alleged to have failed to properly declare than £30,000. 
And Rotherham MP Miss Champion is accused of using her parliamentary assistant, Dawn Elliott, to campaign for her during the General Election campaign, which is forbidden under electoral expenses law as the role is publicly funded.
Miss Champion is accused of using her parliamentary assistant, Dawn Elliott, to campaign for her during the General Election campaign
Sir Kevin Barron, left, is alleged to have failed to correctly declare £21,000 spent on one member of staff, while Sarah Champion, right, is accused of using her parliamentary assistant to campaign for her during the election last May
Last night the three Labour MPs rejected the allegations, saying their Election expenses were declared ‘within the law and the rules set out by the Electoral Commission’.

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