Page last updated at 19:16 GMT, Sunday, 7 June 2009 20:16 UK

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.

Print Sponsor

Scottish MP faces expenses claims
19 May 09 |  Scotland
Key details: MP expenses claims
19 Jun 09 |  UK Politics

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific