Tory MP suspended over claims he misused campaign funds to pay captors


Alleged misuse of campaign cash

A Conservative Member of Parliament has been suspended by the party after being accused of using campaign funds to pay individuals who were allegedly holding him against his will. Mark Menzies reportedly requested £5,000 from a local Conservative aide, claiming it was a matter of life and death. The sum eventually increased to £6,500 and was transferred by his office manager before being reimbursed from donor funds.

Party investigation and resignation

Mr Menzies denies the accusations, but the Tory Party has launched an investigation. Following a call with Chief Whip Simon Hart, Menzies agreed to relinquish the Conservative whip pending the outcome of the investigation. This move reduces Rishi Sunak's majority in the Commons, with Menzies now sitting as an independent MP.

Additional fund transfers and response

Aside from the alleged misuse of funds for his release, Menzies also reportedly transferred £14,000 from campaign funds to cover private medical bills since 2020. The claims were brought to light by his office manager in January, prompting the party probe. In response, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps indicated that there may be underlying issues at play, stating that the situation suggests someone who is troubled.

Denial and ongoing investigation

Mr Menzies has strongly denied the allegations, stating that he has complied with all rules for declarations and is fully cooperating with the investigation. A Conservative Party spokesman confirmed that the party is looking into the allegations and that the process is being handled confidentially.

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