MP 'claimed £22,500 expenses for home improvements'

Former Labour MP Margaret Moran Credit: Michael Stephens/PA Wire

The former Labour MP Margaret Moran claimed nearly her entire annual allowance in one bogus expense entry, a jury at Southwark Crown Court heard today.

The former MP for Luton South submitted an invoice for £22,500 in August 2008 - just under the annual allowance - to treat dry rot at her Southampton home but instead used the money to fund "home improvements", the court heard.

She is accused of falsely claiming around £60,000 in parliamentary expenses between 2004 and 2008.

Moran denies the charges against her.