UK Politics

Ex-MP Denis MacShane in court on expenses charges

Denis MacShane outside the Crown Court on Friday
Image caption Denis MacShane resigned as an MP last year

Former MP Denis MacShane has made a brief appearance in court in relation to charges he faces of false accounting over his parliamentary expenses.

The 65-year-old former Labour minister attended court in central London to confirm his identity.

He will return on 18 November, when he will be expected to enter a plea.

Mr MacShane resigned as an MP last November 2012 after a parliamentary committee said he had wrongfully claimed at least £7,500 in expenses.

At the Old Bailey, Mr Justice Sweeney told Mr MacShane a date had been set of 6 May next year for his trial to begin. The former MP was given unconditional bail this month.