Ex-MP Denis MacShane in court on expenses charges

Denis MacShane outside the Crown Court on Friday 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.

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