Ex-minister Denis MacShane faces cop probe
SHAMED ex-Minister Denis MacShane FAKED bills and signed false names to fiddle
nearly £13,000 in expenses.
The senior Labour MP quit his seat last night as a Commons committee found him guilty of
bogus claims for taxpayers’ cash.
A report by Parliamentary standards commissioner John Lyon said: “In effect, he was
sending the invoice to himself and writing his own cheque.”
The former Europe Minister, 64, falsely claimed £12,900 between 2005 and 2008.
He submitted 19 invoices for “research and translation” by the European Policy Institute, a
bogus organisation whose bank account he controlled.
The “general manager’s” signature on them was in fact written by MacShane.
The MP — once the partner of TV newsreader Carol Barnes — said he did it to pay for
But Mr Lyon said: “It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that he spent as he felt necessary
and put in rounded claims when the account was running low.”
MacShane has since repaid the cash — but now faces a fresh probe by cops.
An 18-month Met inquiry into his expenses was dropped in July. Damning evidence was
not passed on because it was covered by Parliamentary privilege.
The Labour Party suspended him but welcomed him back after the police decision.
Tory MP Philip Davies yesterday wrote to the police asking them to reopen the
investigation now the evidence was out. The Met said: “We are aware of the report and will
be assessing its contents.”
The Commons probe also found MacShane broke
rules by claiming for 14 COMPUTERS
in three years.
The committee on standards and privileges said he
“plainly intended to deceive” and should be kicked out
of Parliament for a year.
Chairman Kevin Barron said: “This was the gravest
case which has come to the committee for
But instead MacShane quit — forcing a by-election in
Rotherham, South Yorks, where he has been MP since
1994 and had a majority of 10,462.
He whinged yesterday he was the victim of a smear
campaign to destroy his career.
But in a statement to the committee he confessed: “I
did something so foolish and wrong I am still unable
fully to explain to myself my stupidity.”
A Labour spokesman said: “It was right he stood down.”