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Jury out in Moran expenses trial

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a former Labour MP accused of receiving £53,000 by making false expenses claims.

Southwark Crown Court, has heard that she was able to make the dry rot claim by "flipping" her two homes - changing which property was her second home and therefore allowing her to claim expenses on it.

She also allegedly changed dates on invoices for the work so that the money would be paid.

One invoice in August 2007 was for £14,805 - apparently for boiler repairs and work on her conservatory in her constituency home in Luton, when it was actually at her house in Southampton, the court heard.

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Moran: Allegation of 'flipping' designated second home

It is alleged that the former MP, Margaret Moran, who stood down at the last election, "flipped" her designated second home, making claims for properties in London, Luton and Southampton.

One of the 21 charges she is facing relates to a claim for £22,500 to treat dry rot at her Southampton home.

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Moran trial: Court is hearing more evidence from prosecution

The court is hearing more evidence from the prosecution this morning, in the trial of Margaret Moran.

The former Labour politician was found unfit to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court due to mental health issues, so the proceedings are taking place in her absence.

Rather than finding her guilty, jurors have to decide whether Moran did commit the acts alleged in the charges, and whether they amount to the offences with which she is charged.

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Trial of former Luton South MP continues

The former Luton South MP Margaret Moran.
The former Luton South MP Margaret Moran. Credit: PA

The trial of a former Luton South MP accused of claiming tens of thousands of pounds of bogus expenses continues at Southwark Crown Court in London today.

Fifty-seven-year-old Marget Moran, of Ivy Road, St Denys in Southampton, is facing 15 charges of false accounting and six of using a false instrument over the claims for parliamentary expenses.

Ms Moran, who served as the Labour MP for Luton South from 1997 until the 2010 general election, is accused of falsely claiming around £60,000 in parliamentary expenses between 2004 and 2008.

On Friday Prosecutor Peter Wright QC told the jury that Moran received around £53,000 to which she was not entitled.

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