Disgraced former Labour minister Denis MacShane has taken a swipe at prosecutors for pursuing "celebrity" cases and compared himself with Coronation Street star William Roache as he was released from jail today.
Prison is "the place" to go to to lose weight and get fit and is "fascinating", the ex-MP added as he walked free just six weeks into his six month sentence for bogus expenses claims totalling nearly £13,000.
MacShane criticised former director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer for being "very keen" on celebrity prosecutions and linked himself to Roache, who was yesterday cleared of alleged sex offences.
He added: "Bill Roache yesterday, me today. It's Keir Starmer's little angels."
MacShane, 65, pleaded guilty to false accounting by filing 19 fake receipts for "research and translation" services and was jailed two days before Christmas.
Thoughts are with my friend and former colleague @denismacshane on this awful day. A good man.
Harris also made a reference to Liberal Democrat David Laws, who has been appointed a minister despite revelations that he claimed allowances to pay his partner rent for the London flat where they lived.
The Taxpayers' Alliance have said "justice has been done" after Denis McShane was sentenced to six months in prison after claiming more than £13,000 in fraudulent expense claims.
The political director of the organisation, Jonathan Isaby, said the former Labour minister "routinely forged receipts to take taxpayers' money" and that it was not up to the taxpayer to fund Mr MacShane's trips around Europe.
As the sentence was delivered, McShane muttered "cheers" in an ironic manner and has he was led past the press bench on the way down to the cells he said "quel surprise", suggesting that this was a punishment he had anticipated.