Alberta MLA Mike Allen back in PC Caucus
EDMONTON – Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen has been allowed back in the Alberta PC Caucus.
Tory MLAs voted in a secret ballot Monday morning to let Allen return to the party.
The rookie MLA and former municipal councillor resigned from the party after he was arrested in a prostitution sting last year while on a government trip to St.Paul, Minnesota.
The 51-year-old later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offence but said he would not be quitting his job.
Court documents filed in Minnesota showed he was fined $500 and had to pay an additional $500 in court surcharges and fees.
He must also serve one year probation.
He was originally charged with a more serious gross misdemeanour offence.
In December 2013, Allen issued a statement saying he considered the matter closed.
“I am relieved to have this matter behind me and will make no further comment at this time.
“I accept full responsibility for my behaviour and regret any embarrassment I caused.
“As a result of my actions I expect to be held to a higher standard, and I can now focus on continuing to work and advocate for issues in my community.”
With files from The Canadian Press
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