Former Labour MP for Rotherham Denis MacShane was jailed for six months yesterday after pleading guilty to expenses fraud.
In November MacShane pleaded guilty to false accounting in the shape of 19 false receipts for £12,900 worth of research and translation services submitted between January 2005 and January 2008. Four of the claims were lodged while he was still minister for Europe, but he continued to submit claims after returning to the back benches following the May 2005 general election.
The presiding judge Mr Justice Sweeny took just over a month to review the former minister’s mitigating pleas before passing a reduced sentence. The judge took into account his previous good character, turmoil in his personal life, remorse about the crime and the repayment of the fraudulently claimed sums.
Nevertheless, the judge noted that MacShane’s case was...