Senior Lib Dem faces 34 counts of fraud.

A senior Liberal Democrats Candidate for Parliament accused of orchestrating a £30,000 tuition-fee fraud has admitted overcharging some students.

Dr Vincent McKee was implicated after an investigation alleged extra payments for tuition had been taken from a credit card, over-and-above what had been initially agreed.

The university lecturer had been vigorously denying the charges during a trial over the last few weeks but just before entering the witness box pleaded guilty to one 'contravening requirements of professional diligence'.

Dr McKee is also charged with one count of perverting the course of justice after it was alleged he provided trading standards officers with an altered copy of his contract with students.

Dr McKee stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate for Parliament in four General Elections and was previously head of policy for the Liberal Democrats in Coventry before being suspended after the allegations emerged.

Follow Up: Lib Dem found guilty of 25 counts in tuition fee fraud.