‘False Expenses’: Rotherham MP MacShane quits

Travel claims: Former Rotherham Labour MP Denis MacShane.
Travel claims: Former Rotherham Labour MP Denis MacShane.

SOUTH Yorkshire MP and former Europe minister Denis MacShane has resigned after being given a 12-month suspension from the House of Commons over his expenses.

The Rotherham Labour MP had been cleared by police of wrongdoing, but a Parliamentary body ruled he had submitted 19 false invoices which were ‘plainly intended to deceive’ expenses officials.

Before Mr MacShane made his announcement, the Labour Party had already said his career as an MP was ‘effectively over’.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards said Mr MacShane submitted invoices that bypassed ‘checks and controls’ and ‘enabled him to spend public money as he thought fit’.

It added his behaviour was ‘far from what would be acceptable in any walk of life’.

The false invoices related to work Mr MacShane carried out in Europe and he was particularly criticised for his use of public money for European travel.

Mr MacShane said he was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the ruling.

But he said: “I hope by resigning I can serve by showing MPs must take responsibility for their mistakes and accept the consequences of being in breach of the House rules.

“I made no personal gain and regret my foolishness in the manner I chose to be reimbursed for work including working as the Prime Minister’s envoy in Europe.

“I want to thank the people of Rotherham for allowing me to serve as their MP.”

A by-election will be held.