MP will not face spending probe

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AN MP will not be investigated over claims he used taxpayer-funded resources to organise a Labour party fundraiser.

North Hull MP Karl Turner referred himself to Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Hudson and cancelled the £45-a-head event, following a complaint by East Riding Tory councillor Mike Whitehead.

The Commissioner’s office have said they will not be holding an inquiry into Coun Whitehead’s complaint, nor Mr Turner’s self-referral, made the same day.

Mr Turner said the Hull and Humber Economic Summit would go ahead at a future date.

The MP said: “After considering the initial complaint and further complaints for over a week, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has confirmed that there is no case to answer regarding the use of parliamentary resources.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Commissioner and her officers for the thorough consideration and the time that they have devoted to properly examining the allegations made by an East Riding Tory councillor and supported publicly by Graham Stuart MP.

“I have been contacted by numerous businesses and stakeholders as well local colleges to express their disappointment at the event having been temporarily cancelled.”

Mr Turner last month offered an “unreserved apology” after invitations to the event were sent out from a parliamentary email address.

The Hull and Humber Economic Summit was due to feature Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott as speakers.