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Claims row MP wins local support

Jim Devine
Jim Devine has denied any wrongdoing in the affair

A Scottish Labour MP facing an internal party probe into his expenses has received the backing of his constituency Labour party.

Livingston MP Jim Devine was questioned by about 40 members of the group, which met for more than an hour before coming to its decision.

The result is not binding, but will form part of the main investigation.

Mr Devine has faced allegations that he submitted receipts for work from a company that may never have existed.

The former public services union official has denied any wrongdoing.

'Continuing role'

The Labour Party previously announced Mr Devine was being referred to its special endorsement panel - known as the star chamber - to consider if he can stand as a Labour candidate at the next election.

Following the meeting, Tony Boyle, chairman of the Livingston Constituency Labour Party, which has an estimated 500 members, said: "Having heard Jim Devine's explanations to the constituency Labour Party, this constituency Labour Party endorses and supports his continuous role as our MP and awaits the outcome of the Labour Party's investigations."

Mr Devine said he was delighted to have had the chance to clear his name locally.



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