Disgraced MP’s legal bill order

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SHAMED former South Yorkshire MP Eric Illsley, one of three politicians jailed for expenses fraud, is to be forced to pay his legal costs.

Mr Illsley, who represented Barnsley Central, must hand over £12,178 to cover prosecution costs and £10,909 he was paid in legal aid.

The former Labour politician was jailed for 12 months in February after admitting fraudulently claiming second home expenses totalling £14,500.

In a hearing at Southwark Crown Court, in London, Mr Justice Saunders said: “As a starting point there is no reason why a convicted defendant should not pay costs.

“It is their unlawful behaviour which has caused the prosecuting authorities to incur expense.”

Two other former Labour MPs jailed for expenses fraud have also been asked to repay legal costs. They are Elliot Morley and David Chaytor.