Former Labour minister Denis MacShane pleaded guilty this morning to making nearly £13,000 of bogus expense claims. The ex-MP for Rotherham admitted false accounting by putting in fake receipts for £12,900 of "research and translation" services.
Sentencing was adjourned until December 19, and he was granted unconditional bail. Phil Hornby reports
Former Rotherham MP Denis MacShane will be charged with false accounting over parliamentary expenses claims, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.
Malcolm McHaffie, deputy head of the CPS special crime division said: "Having thoroughly reviewed the evidence gathered by the police, I have decided there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring a criminal charge.
"This charge relates to fraudulent claims with a total value of £12,900.
Mr McHaffie added: "The charge is of false accounting, contrary to the Theft Act 1968. It is alleged that Denis Macshane claimed expenses for research and translation services carried out by a company that did not carry out that work."
Macshane stepped down as MP last year after saying he made a "grievous mistake".
Police are reopening their investigation into Denis MacShane's expenses. The disgraced former Rotherham MP stepped down from his seat last year after admitting using fake receipts to wrongly claim thousands of pounds of parliamentary expenses.
The investigation was originally dropped by Scotland Yard in 2010 because of lack of evidence. Now following a report by the parliamentary standards watchdog, the Metropolitan Police says it will reinvestigate.
Yvonne Ridley, the journalist and war correspondent best known for her capture by the Taliban and subsequent conversion to Islam after release, has been selected to stand for the Respect Party in the Rotherham by-election on November 29, caused by the resignation of shamed Labour MP Denis MacShane.
Simon Wilson has been selected as the Conservative candidate for the Parliamentary by-election in Rotherham. Following his selection he said: “The people of Rotherham have been badly let down by Labour politicians, not just their MP but also local councillors.
"Trust in politicians locally has been badly damaged and I aim to demonstrate that not all politicians are the same, by showing the values I hold dearly: family life, hard work, honesty, integrity and fairness.
“With over twenty years developing a career outside of politics I believe I can understand and appreciate the hopes, aspirations and fears of regular, hard-working people. I believe in small government, in the private sector leading the economic recovery and creating opportunity-"
A shortlist of two women has been drawn up to replace disgraced Labour MP Denis MacShane. A former RAF wing commander and the head of a children's hospice have been chosen by the Labour party's executive.
A selection meeting will be held by local party officials in Rotherham to decide who will stand for Labour in the by-election on November 29.
Former Labour minister Mr MacShane quit as an MP earlier this month after he wrongfully claimed at least £7,500 in expenses.
The two women chosen by Labour's executive are Sophy Gardner, who had a 19-year career in the RAF, and Sarah Champion, who runs the Bluebell Wood children's hospice in South Yorkshire.
The former Labour minister Denis MacShane has apologised for letting down the people of his Rotherham constituency after making false expenses claims. Mr MacShane, who resigned a week ago, said sorry in an open letter published in a newspaper