Former MP pleads guilty to false accounting

Denis MacShane resigned as an MP last November before he could be suspended from Parliament Photo: PA Archive

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane is facing jail after he admitted making nearly £13,000 worth of false expenses claims.

The former MP for Rotherham filed 19 fake receipts for "research and translation" services.

He used the money to fund a series of trips to Europe, including one to judge a literary competition in Paris.

MacShane was warned by the judge that all sentencing options "remain open" when he returns to court next month.

He faces a maximum jail sentence of seven years.