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Ex-Luton MP Margaret Moran in court on expenses charges

Former Luton South MP Margaret Moran has appeared in court accused of illegally claiming up to £80,000 in parliamentary expenses.

Ms Moran faces 15 charges of false accounting and six of using a false instrument.

The former Labour MP is accused of claiming for a home in her constituency and one in Southampton and submitting forged invoices.

She appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court earlier.

Ms Moran, who stood down at the last election, will appear next at Southwark Crown Court on 28 October.

The charges include an allegation that Ms Moran dishonestly claimed £22,500 to repair dry rot at her Southampton home.

She is also accused of falsely claiming £14,805 for boiler repairs and work on her conservatory.

Prosecutor Louis Mably told the court that the charges involved a total of around £80,000.

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