Ex-MP admits expenses fraud

Former MP Denis MacShane has appeared in court today accused of making bogus expenses claims of nearly £13,000.

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MacShane used expenses money to fund Europe trips

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane has admitted false accounting by putting in fake receipts for £12,900 of "research and translation" services at the Old Bailey.

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

Asked to enter a plea to the charge in a hearing at the Old Bailey, MacShane replied: "Guilty."

Mr Justice Sweeney told the former MP, that "all sentencing options remain open".

Former MP due in court

MacShane pictured outside court in September this year Credit: PA

Former MP Denis MacShane is expected to appear in court today accused of making bogus expenses claims of nearly £13,000. The 65-year-old is due to have a plea and case management hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

He is accused of false accounting for allegedly fraudulently claiming £12,900 for research and translation services between January 6, 2005 and January 15, 2008.

The ex-MP for Rotherham has a trial date set for May 6 next year.

Prosecutors announced in July that MacShane would face the charge following claims that he faked receipts.

MacShane, of Westmoreland Terrace, central London, stood down as an MP last November.