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Denis MacShane: sentencing delayed

The former Labour MP for Rotherham Denis MacShane will now be sentenced on Monday for fiddling his expenses. The Old Bailey has heard he deliberately spelt his name wrong on bogus invoices to cover up the fiddle.

The court has also heard a character reference this afternoon. He is "a cutter of corners yes, a cavalier crusader yes, but a self centred and greedy crook, certainly not."

Denis MacShane sentencing: he deliberately spelt his name wrong to cover tracks

Former MP Denis MacShane at a previous court appearance Credit: PA Pictures

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane deliberately spelt his name wrong on bogus invoices to cover up his expenses fiddling, the Old Bailey heard today. The 65 year-old MP claimed £12,900 for research and translations services carried out by a company he set up under a false identity.

Dr MacShane later told police he concealed his involvement with the European Policy Institute (EPI) think tank because it 'might hinder his career in the Labour party.' The forged invoices used variations in his titles and in one case the spelling of his surname as 'McShane.'

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Former MP pleads guilty to bogus expense claims

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 in court

Former MP Denis MacShane arriving at the Old Bailey Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/PA Images

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

The 65-year-old appeared at the Old Bailey facing an accusation of false accounting for allegedly fradulently claiming £12,900 for research and translation services between 2005 and 2008.

Wearing a dark suit, white shirt and striped tie, he spoke only to confirm his identity and that he understood that he must return to court for a plea and case management hearing on November 18.

Mr Justice Sweeney told the ex-MP for Rotherham that a trial date has been set for May 6 next year.

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

MacShane stood down as Labour MP for Rotherham in South Yorkshire last November.

Former Rotherham MP "disappointed" over fraud charge

Former Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has said he's "disappointed" after it was announced he would be charged with false accounting over £12,900 of expenses claims.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it had decided there was "sufficient evidence" to proceed against the ex-Labour minister for allegedly faking receipts.

"I am disappointed at the CPS decision but as the matter is now in the hands of the court I will be making no further statement."

– Denis Macshane

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Former Rotherham MP to be charged

Former Rotherham MP Denis Macshane

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".

MacShane expense investigation reopens

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.

Taliban kidnap victim to stand in Rotherham by-election

Yvonne Ridley Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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.

Tories select candidate for MacShane seat

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-"

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