Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has issued a statement following his suspension from the Commons for 12 months for fiddling his expenses amounting to thousands of thousands.
I am shocked and saddened that the BNP has won its 3 year campaign to destroy my political career as a Labour MP despite a full police investigation which decided not to proceed after investigations and interviews. I am glad the Committee notes that there is no question of personal gain. Clearly I deeply regret that the way I chose to be reimbursed for costs related to my work in Europe and in combating anti-semitism, including being the Prime Minister’s personal envoy, has been judged so harshly.
I remain committed to work for progressive values, for Britain playing a full part in Europe, and for combating anti-semitism even though I can no longer undertake this work as a Labour MP. I am consulting family and friends as I consider my position and study the full implications of the report. I am obviously desperately sorry for any embarrassment I have caused my beloved Labour Party and its leader Ed Miliband whom I greatly admire.”
The former Labour MP Dennis MacShane has explained what led to his fall from grace - and apologises for it - in a letter to a newspaper.
Former Labour minister Denis MacShane was "right" to step down from Parliament after being condemned for abusing expenses says Ed Miliband