Richard Ottaway will discover tonight if he is to stand as the Tory candidate at the next general election.

The Croydon South MP faces a vote of confidence at a meeting in Sanderstead following criticism over his use of MPs expenses.

Members of the Croydon South Conservative Federation will gather in All Saints' Church hall at 7.30pm tonight at a meeting chaired by Lord Bowness.

They will be allowed to grill the 64-year-old over his expenses, including nearly £9,000 on gardening at his Bletchingley home.

At the end of the meeting there will be a secret ballot on his future, and the MP has promised he will abide by the result.

Among his expenses claims between April 2004 and March 2008 were £59.99 on lightbulbs, £50 for repairing a tractor tyre and £48 modifying a scarifier – a device used to churn up soil.

The sailing enthusiast was forced to pay back £4,050 he had claimed on half of the price of a new bed from Harrods and £1,400 for various homeware and electrical goods following clamour from local residents.

His expenses claims were put before David Cameron’s Conservative head office scrutiny panel but he was not asked to pay back any more.

And there was also no action taken by the South Croydon Conservative Federation executive following a meeting earlier in the month.

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