Labour MP: MacShane prison sentence 'is not justice'

The jailing of ex-MP Denis MacShane for making bogus expense claims was "not justice", said his former Labour colleague Tom Harris.

The former transport minister tweeted that it was an "awful day":

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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.

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If only @denismacshane had claimed he was only only trying to cover up his sexuality, he'd be back on the front bench by now.

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Ex-MP jailed for expenses fraud

Disgraced former Labour minister Denis MacShane has been jailed for six months at the Old Bailey after admitting making bogus expense claims amounting to nearly £13,000.