Shropshire

No action against Lib Dem candidate in sex abuse claim

Prosecutors have said there is insufficient evidence to charge a former parliamentary candidate from Shropshire over sex abuse claims.

Liberal Democrat candidate David Murray was standing in the Wrekin seat but withdrew amid police investigations.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him and no further action should be taken.

Mr Murray had denied the claims and said he was pleased with the outcome.

'Save embarrassment'

He said the claims had been made to damage his chances at the election.

"It [the sexual abuse claims] came out of the blue.

"It was supposed to have happened nine to 10 years ago.

"It is no coincidence the claims came at the time they did though with the general election.

"I agreed to withdraw to save the party any embarrassment, but I said at the time there was nothing to it."

The Liberal Democrats have declined to comment on the CPS announcement.

Conservative win

Max Bennett, district crown prosecutor for Shropshire, said that after a detailed police investigation a file had been submitted to the CPS to consider whether there was a realistic prospect of a conviction.

He said: "The file was reviewed by one of my crown advocates, who came to the conclusion that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute Mr Murray for any criminal offences connected with this investigation.

"I fully support and agree with this conclusion and the advice given to the police that there should be no further action in this matter," he added.

Alyson Cameron-Daw replaced Mr Murray as the Liberal Democrat Wrekin candidate at the general election but the seat was won for the Conservatives by Mark Pritchard with 21,922 votes.

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