By-election to replace disgraced South Yorkshire MP

File photo dated 14/11/11 of Denis MacShane who be suspended as an MP for 12 months after it found he submitted 19 false invoices "plainly intended to deceive" Parliament's expenses authority, said the Committee on Standards and Privileges today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday November 2, 2012. See PA story POLITICS MacShane. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

File photo dated 14/11/11 of Denis MacShane who be suspended as an MP for 12 months after it found he submitted 19 false invoices "plainly intended to deceive" Parliament's expenses authority, said the Committee on Standards and Privileges today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday November 2, 2012. See PA story POLITICS MacShane. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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A BY-ELECTION is to be held in three weeks to replaced disgraced MP Denis MacShane, who resigned over false expenses claims.

The Labour MP for Rotherham, who was first elected in 1994, stepped down after he was suspended for misusing the parliamentary expenses system to fund European trips and computers.

The by-election will be held on Thursday, November 29.

Parliamentary Standards Commissioner John Lyon found Mr MacShane entered 19 ‘misleading’ expenses claims for thousands of pounds of research and translation services from a body called the European Policy Institute, signed by its supposed general manager.

But the institute did not exist ‘in this form’ at the time the expenses were submitted and the general manager’s signature was provided by Mr MacShane or someone else ‘under his authority’.

He was effectively ‘submitting invoices to himself and asking the parliamentary authorities to pay’, the Standards Commissioner found.

The Standards and Privileges Committee said it was impossible to say how much Mr MacShane claimed ‘outside the rules’, but it ‘may have been in the order of £7,500’.

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