Denis MacShane Talks "Terrible Price" He Paid For Expenses Scandal
Tuesday 12th August 2014
Former Labour MP, Denis MacShane, has spoken to LBC about the “terrible price” he paid after being sentenced to 6 months in prison following the expenses scandal
The former Labour MP for Rotherham spoke to LBC's Julia Hartley-Brewer about his prison diaries that detail the 6 weeks (of a 6 month sentence) he spent behind bars for fraudulently claimed expenses.
MacShane says he made "no personal profit" from his claims, unlike some of his colleagues, and that all the money he claimed was necessary to carrying out his duties as an MP, but that the way he had claimed it was "4-star insane".
The expenses scandal, which claimed a number of MP's careers, has left a "bad odour" that MacShane said would take "another generation or so" to disappear.
While he questions what, if any, impact his jail sentence has had on politics or the approach to expenses claims, MacShane did find that the experience taught him how "unfit for purpose our prison system is".