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MacShane used expenses money to fund Europe trips

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane has admitted false accounting by putting in fake receipts for £12,900 of "research and translation" services at the Old Bailey.

He used the money to fund trips to Europe, including to judge a literary competition in Paris.

Asked to enter a plea to the charge in a hearing at the Old Bailey, MacShane replied: "Guilty."

Mr Justice Sweeney told the former MP, that "all sentencing options remain open".

Ex-MP Denis MacShane pleads guilty to expenses fraud

Former MP Denis MacShane pictured outside court in September Credit: Press Association

Former MP Denis MacShane has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to making bogus expenses claims of nearly £13,000.

The 65-year-old admitted false accounting by fraudulently claiming £12,900 for research and translation services between January 6, 2005 and January 15, 2008.

Mr MacShane stood down as an MP last November.

Former MP due in court over expenses claims

MacShane pictured outside court in September this year. Credit: PA

Former MP Denis MacShane is expected to appear in court today accused of making bogus expenses claims of nearly £13,000.

The 65-year-old is due to have a plea and case management hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

He is accused of false accounting for allegedly fraudulently claiming £12,900 for research and translation services between January 6, 2005 and January 15, 2008.

The ex-MP for Rotherham has a trial date set for May 6 next year.

Prosecutors announced in July that MacShane would face the charge following claims that he faked receipts.

MacShane, of Westmoreland Terrace, central London, stood down as an MP last November.

Met to reopen probe into Denis MacShane's expenses

Denis MacShane MP Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Scotland Yard has said it plans to reopen the investigation into the former Labour MP Denis MacShane's expenses.

A spokesman said: "We can confirm that following an assessment of the report published by the Standards and Privileges Committee and following liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service, the Metropolitan Police is reopening the investigation."

Mr MacShane stood down as MP for Rotherham last year after admitting to wrongly claiming parliamentary expenses.

A complaint about Mr MacShane regarding expenses for his constituency office was originally referred to the Metropolitan Police in October 2010 but no action was taken.

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Disgraced former MP says sorry to Rotherham constituency

Shamed former MP Denis MacShane has apologised his former constituents for letting them down after being forced to resign over his Parliamentary expenses.

In a letter to the Yorkshire Post, he said: "How do I say sorry? Rotherham has been such an important part of my life and I have let this wonderful town, its terrific people and my constituency down so very badly.”

Denis MacShane has apologised to the people of Rotherham
Denis MacShane has apologised to the people of Rotherham Credit: Press Association

Mr MacShane also said he accepted full responsibility for his "stupid" and "mad" actions in making the false expenses claims.

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

MacShane 'sorry for any embarrassment' caused

In a statement, Denis MacShane said: "I am shocked and saddened that the BNP has won its three-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.

Denis MacShane
Denis MacShane in 2011. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

"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."

Labour MP 'shocked and saddened' over suspension

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane is facing suspension from the Commons for a year over a string of illegitimate expenses claims running to thousands of thousands.

The MP, who was suspended from the Labour party this morning, said he was "shocked and saddened" that his political career had been destroyed and was now considering his position.

The Committee on Standards and Privileges said that it recommended the punishment after finding Mr MacShane submitted 19 false invoices "plainly intended to deceive" Parliament's expenses authority.

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