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Monday 20 November 2017

Former Labour MP faces being first politician to be jailed over expenses

A former Labour MP is facing jail after becoming the first politician to have a conviction for making false Parliamentary expenses claims.

David Chaytor pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey yesterday to three charges of false accounting amounting to more than £18,000.

One of the charges related to claims for rent he paid to a woman for a house in Bury. But the woman was his mother, who was suffering from Alzheimer's. She was never paid the money and has subsequently died.

Chaytor (61) had been MP for Bury North since 1997. He was suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party when the expenses scandal broke.

He was remanded on bail to be sentenced on January 7.

Irish Independent

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