The Conservative Party has selected former MP Chris Davies to fight for the parliamentary seat he lost after more than 10,000 constituents signed a petition to remove him.

The 51-year-old, who has been convicted for faking expenses claims, was sacked as MP for Brecon and Radnorshire last Friday following a successful recall petition.

Nonetheless, local party members have confirmed they will still support Davies as the Conservative candidate for the Welsh seat when a by-election is called.

Davies, who had held the seat since 2015, has said he is the right person for the job.

He added: I would like to thank members of my local association for supporting me, and putting their faith in me once again.

I look forward to campaigning over the next few weeks and winning back this seat, so that I can continue to work hard for the people of Brecon and Radnorshire.

A lot has been achieved over the past four years, but there is so much more to do, and I am the right person to do it.

Peter Weavers, chairman of the association in mid-Wales, said: Chris is local, he knows the area, he knows the constituents, knows the issues and problems we face, and that matters.

Chris is not simply a one-issue wannabe politician, as his record shows. He has our full backing.

The Liberal Democrats, the Brexit Party and Labour will also contest the seat.

A by-election has to be called because 19% of constituents – nearly double the 10% threshold needed for a recall – signed the petition demanding for Davies to be ousted from the job.

A date for the by-election has yet to be fixed, though a writ could be moved by today.

That would mean the election would take place on 25 July, and could be in the first days of a new prime minister taking the helm at Number 10.

Davies was convicted in March after he admitted two false expense invoices for nine photographs costing £700 to decorate his office.

He was fined £1,500, ordered to pay £2,500 in legal costs and told to carry out 50 hours of community service.

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