Disgraced ex-Tory MP Peter Bone’s partner chosen to run as his replacement in Wellingborough by-election | Politics News

The partner of disgraced ex-Tory MP Peter Bone has been chosen as the Conservative candidate to replace him in the Wellingborough by-election.

Helen Harrison, who is a Conservative councillor in Wellingborough’s North Northamptonshire area, was selected by members of the party on Sunday afternoon, according to party chair Richard Holden.

An election is being held after Mr Bone was found by parliament to have subjected a staff member to bullying and sexual misconduct. He has denied the allegations.

Mr Bone has had the whip suspended from him, meaning he sits as an independent MP in the Commons, rather than a Conservative one.

However, he has been seen campaigning with the party despite the suspension.

His constituents voted to recall him as part of a recall petition, and so a by-election will be held, although a date has not yet been confirmed.

Mr Bone is allowed to stand in the vote if he chooses, but it is not clear if he will.

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