Fraudster MacShane's case to be reopened

Tue, 22/01/2013 - 12:00
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Police are to reopen their investigation into claims of expenses fraud against serial liar and ex-Labour MP Denis MacShane.


MacShane, who blamed the British National Party for ending his life in politics in November 2012 saying “I am shocked and saddened the BNP has won its three-year campaign to destroy my political career as a Labour MP, despite a full police investigation which decided not to proceed after investigations and interviews.

I remain committed to work for progressive values, for Britain playing a full part in Europe and for combating anti-semitism, though I can no longer undertake this work as a Labour MP.

MacShane resigned as MP for Rotherham late last year after conceding he had using fake receipts to dishonestly claim in excess of £7,000 of parliamentary expenses.

He later issued a grovelling apology to his constituents, saying his actions were "grievous".
The proceedings were initially referred to Scotland Yard in October 2010; however, police and prosecutors took the case no further, citing a lack of evidence.

But last year, a review by MPs on the House of Commons Standards and Privileges Committee established he had made a written statement, admitting he had tendered fraudulent invoices to claim around £7,500 in expenses.

He quit after the committee proposed he be suspended for an unprecedented 12 months.
Conservative MP Philip Davies asked police to reopen their inquiry after the new evidence came to light, and after discussions with the Crown Prosecution Service, they have gone ahead.

The fabricated invoices related to work that deceitful Mr MacShane had carried out in Europe, an area in which he formerly had ministerial responsibility for fellow liar, Tony Blair.

MacShane said he had made no "personal gain" but did admit to being "foolish" and should take responsibility for his actions by standing down.

How many old age pensioners’ homes could have been heated and how many lives saved for £7,500, yet all this deceitful sneak is asked to do is to simply “stand down.”


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