Denis McShane mutters 'cheers' after learning fate

Mr Justice Sweeney has sentenced former MP Denis McShane to six months in jail saying that he had been deliberately dishonest on many occasions and over a prolonged period.

He accepted that the 65-year-old had not personally profited from the faked expenses claims, which totalled £12,900, but said that his action had risked damaging "our priceless democratic system".

Former Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has been jailed for six months. Credit: PA Wire

He pleaded guilty last month to 19 counts of false accounting.

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.

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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.