Denis MacShane outside the Old Bailey
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Denis MacShane jailed for MP expenses fraud

Former MP Denis MacShane has been jailed for six months for expenses fraud after admitting submitting 19 fake receipts amounting to £12,900.

He is the fifth MP to get a prison sentence after 2009's expenses scandal.

MacShane, 65, was a Labour MP for 18 years and served as Europe minister under Tony Blair between 2002 and 2005.

Mr Justice Sweeney said MacShane had "deliberately created misleading and deceptive invoices", and "considerable" dishonesty was involved.

Ben Wright reports.

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