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."
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.'
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-"