Disgraced former Rotherham MP Denis MacShane is now due to be sentenced on Monday after admitting making bogus expense claims amounting to nearly £13,000.
The ex-Labour minister had been facing sentence yesterday afternoon.
But after a 90-minute session at the Old Bailey, during which Mr Justice Sweeney heard from both defence and prosecution lawyers, the judge said he needed more time to reflect.
He said the delay did not indicate the ultimate sentence he would give.
MacShane, who was granted bail, pleaded guilty last month to false accounting by putting in fake receipts for £12,900 of ‘research and translation’ services.
The maximum sentence for false accounting is seven years in prison.