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Former Luton South MP sentenced for fiddling expenses

Margaret Moran claimed £53,000 she wasn't entitled to Credit: PA

The former MP for Luton South will be sentenced today for fiddling her expenses.

In November, a jury decided that Margaret Moran claimed £53,000 that she wasn't entitled to, it found she had submitted fake claims and altered invoices.

Moran wasn't in court because she was declared unfit to attend, due to mental health reasons.

Her expense claims whilst in office ranged from £47 for printing, almost £2,700 for new carpets, £15,000 for a new boiler and £22,500 to treat dry rot at her Southampton home.

She will not be imprisoned, but a judge will decide her fate later today. She is likely to be given a supervision order, a hospital order or absolute discharge, where no further action is taken.


Jury decides former Luton MP did fiddle her expenses

Former Luton MP Margaret Moran Credit: PA

Former Luton Labour MP Margaret Moran fiddled her expenses claims to receive more than £53,000, a jury has ruled.

Moran, 57, who served as MP for Luton South from 1997 until the 2010 General Election, claimed nearly her entire annual allowance in one bogus expense entry and forged invoices for more than £20,000 of non-existent goods and services.

Jurors at Southwark Crown Court in London were unable to return a guilty verdict after it was ruled that Moran was unfit to stand trial for mental health reasons.

Instead, in a trial of issue, the jury found that she had committed 15 counts of false accounting and six counts of using a false instrument over the claims for parliamentary expenses.