A branch of the Conservative Party has received 10,000 from a government Covid fund designed to help small businesses during the pandemic.

Ashford Conservative Association, in Kent, has successfully applied through the Small Business Grant Fund.

Brendan Chilton, Labour group leader on Ashford Borough Council, has branded the payment "disgraceful".

But Ashford Conservatives' chair Janet Rymer-Jones said the bid had met the necessary criteria.

News of the grant was revealed at a council meeting after a Freedom of Information request from local news site Ashford Voice.

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