In the recent news from BBC, MPs Elliot Morley, Jim Devine, David Chaytor and Lord Hanningfield will be charged under the Theft Act. Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer said that 3 Labour MPs and one Tory peer will face criminal charges over their expenses.
All of them have said they denied any charges and would defend their positions robustly. Revelations about MPs’ expenses emerged in May last year with the police going on to investigate a handful of cases.
Mr Starmer said there was “insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction” in the case of Labour peer Lord Clarke but said a sixth case remains under police investigation.
Former minister Elliot Morley, MP for Scunthorpe, will face two charges in relation to a total of £30,000 of mortgage interest claims on a property in Winterton, Lincolnshire between 2004 and 2007.
Paul White – the Conservative peer Lord Hanningfield – is accused of “dishonestly” submitting claims “for expenses to which he knew he was not entitled” – including overnight stays in London.
He denies the charges and says he will defend himself against them adding: “All the claims I have ever made were made in good faith. I have never claimed more in expenses than I have spent in the course of my duties.”
More news about these will be posted on our next update. So stay tuned!