Margaret Moran was not present at Southwark Crown Court to hear Mr Justice Saunders make the ruling.
The judge accepted his ruling will anger some hoping for the disgraced MP to receive a stiffer punishment, telling the court:
There will inevitably be feelings among some that Mrs Moran has 'got away with it'.
What the court has done and has to do is to act in accordance with the law of the land and on the basis of the evidence that it hears.
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