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Thursday, April 15, 1999 Published at 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK

World: Europe

Electoral law conviction appeal successful

A former British Member of Parliament, Fiona Jones, has won her appeal against a conviction for breaking electoral law in the 1997 General Election.

Mrs Jones -- a member of the governing Labour Party -- was found guilty of knowingly making a false declaration of election expenses.

The prosecution had said she spent twenty thousand pounds -- more than double the amount allowed -- on her campaign.

But in her appeal, her lawyers argued successfully that the judge at the original trial had misdirected the jury and her conviction was an injustice.

Correspondents say Mrs Jones is now expected to be reinstated as an MP. She was the first MP this century to be forced to resign after breaking electoral law.

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