Margaret Moran trial continues

Margaret Moran
The former Luton South MP Margaret Moran Photo: Michael Stephens / Press Association

The trial of a former Luton South MP accused of claiming tens of thousands of pounds of bogus expenses continues at Southwark Crown Court in London today (Monday 12 November).

57-year-old Marget Moran, of Ivy Road, St Denys in Southampton, is facing 15 charges of false accounting and six of using a false instrument over the claims for parliamentary expenses.

Ms Moran, who served as the Labour MP for Luton South from 1997 until the 2010 general election, is accused of falsely claiming around £60,000 in parliamentary expenses between 2004 and 2008.

On Friday Prosecutor Peter Wright QC told the jury that Moran received around £53,000 to which she was not entitled. The court is hearing more evidence from the prosecution this morning.

The former Labour politician was found unfit to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court due to mental health issues, so the proceedings are taking place in her absence.

Rather than finding her guilty, jurors have to decide whether Moran did commit the acts alleged in the charges, and whether they amount to the offences with which she is charged.