UK Politics

Court of appeal hearing politicians' expenses case

Clockwise from top left - Elliot Morley, David Chaytor, Jim Devine, Lord Hanningfield
Image caption Mr Morley, Mr Chaytor, Mr Devine and Lord Hanningfield deny the charges

Three ex-Labour MPs and an ex-Tory Peer have begun an appeal against a ruling they should stand trial on allegations they dishonestly claimed expenses.

David Chaytor, Jim Devine, Elliot Morley and Lord Hanningfield deny charges of false accounting.

A judge ruled earlier this month they could not use parliamentary privilege to stop prosecution.

The Court of Appeal has lifted reporting restrictions, saying it is an issue of constitutional proportions.

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