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UK Conservative lawmaker charged with campaign finance offence - prosecutors

LONDON, June 2 (Reuters) - The British lawmaker who beat Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage in a 2015 national election battle has been charged with criminal offences related to spending on the campaign, prosecutors said on Friday, a week before a fresh national election.

Craig Mackinlay, 50, who is standing for re-election, was charged along with election agent Nathan Gray, 28, and aide Marion Little, 62.

The allegations related to Conservative Party expenditure during the 2015 campaign, the prosecutors said in a statement.

"We have concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to authorise charges against three people," the prosecutors said.

The Conservative Party said in a statement that the allegations were "unfounded".

Last month prosecutors ruled out bringing more widespread criminal charges over allegations of expenses fraud by the Conservatives during the 2015 campaign. (Reporting by Elisabeth O'Leary, editing by David Milliken)