Police 'right' to look at MP case

The shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said police were right to look again at whether former minister Denis MacShane's abuse of expenses broke the law.

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Labour MP resigns over expenses scandal

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane has resigned after being suspended from the Commons for fiddling his expenses.

Chancellor George Osborne has appointed Mr MacShane to the post of Steward and Bailiff of the Three Hundreds of Chiltern.

The appointment is the technical procedure enabling MPs to resign their seat in the Commons.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said he was "right" to step down from Parliament after being condemned for abusing expenses rules.

Cooper: Police 'should re-examine MacShane case'

The shadow home secretary said police were right to look again at whether former minister Denis MacShane's abuse of expenses broke the law.

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Letters from Denis MacShane admitting expenses abuses cannot be used to prosecute him. Credit: Chris Young/PA Wire

Yvette Cooper said the case should be re-examined in the light of "very severe condemnation" by parliament's sleaze watchdog.

The comments came after the Commons authorities insisted that damning letters from Mr MacShane to the standards commissioner could not be used against him in court.

Senior officials say they are protected by parliamentary privilege because they were collected during proceedings of the House.

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MacShane letters covered by parliamentary privilege

It has been revealed that letters from former minister Denis MacShane admitting expenses abuses cannot be used to prosecute him because they are protected by Commons rules.

Officials said parliamentary privilege meant the key correspondence was withheld from police when they launched a probe into the MP two years ago.

And the documents are still not legally admissible - even though they were published in a Commons sleaze report today.

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MacShane: 'My parliamentary career is over'

The former Europe minister said he wanted to take "responsibility for my mistakes" after the Standards and Privileges Committee recommended he be suspended without pay and pension for a year - the longest suspension of an MP in living memory.

I have been overwhelmed by messages of support for my work as an MP on a range of issues but I accept that my parliamentary career is over.

I appreciate the committee's ruling that I made no personal gain and I regret my foolishness in the manner I chose to be reimbursed for work including working as the Prime Minister's personal envoy in Europe.

Labour: MacShane's career as MP 'is effectively over'

These are very serious findings concerning Denis MacShane and we accept his statement this morning that his career as a Labour MP is effectively over.

In the light of the report's recommendations to the House, the Labour Party has suspended Denis MacShane with immediate effect, pending a full NEC (National Executive Committee) inquiry.

We will be talking to Denis MacShane about his future and the best course of action for him and for his constituency.

– Labour party statement
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