Janice Atkinson, the Independent MEP for the South East of England, has been cleared of any involvement in the alleged fundraiser expenses row earlier last year.
Kent Police have stated that there is no further action to be taken concerning an alleged falsified invoice offered to a former assistant of the MEP. The sponsored event at the pub, designed to encourage more women into politics, was organised by Janice as part of her campaign to leave the European Union.
Mrs Atkinson says that she is ‘delighted’ with the announcement.
‘I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to my family, friends and the colleagues who believed in me. It has been a truly terrible time and I have learnt a major lesson about the value of integrity in my working relationships.
‘Supporters from across the political spectrum, and from many nation states,have said to me, ‘There but for the grace of God go all of us’, and they’re right. As soon as you take on a public position you become vulnerable. Like others, I have made mistakes and apologised for them but I will always continue to fight for the issues that affect my constituents.