Disgraced former Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has insisted feels ‘contrite’ about making bogus expenses claims worth nearly £13,000 and wishes he hadn’t done it.
In his first broadcast interview since being released from jail, the ex-Labour MP said he had not stopped apologising for the affair and had ‘paid a price’.
He was given a six-month prison sentence for filing fake receipts to cover trips to Europe, but has repeatedly stressed he did not personally profit from it.
“I was contrite then, I’m contrite now and wish I hadn’t done it. Of course I do,” he said.
“I pleaded guilty from day one. I paid the money back.
“I’m not complaining about that, I’m really not. What happened, happened.
“I did something wrong...of course I’m a criminal.”
But he also used the opportunity to point out that other former colleagues had not been punished in the same way.
Mr MacShane spent six weeks in high-security Belmarsh prison before being moved to Brixton.
In a diary of his time behind bars, Mr MacShane recalled how he was locked up alongside gangsters and killers.”