Rotherham MP sorry for letting the town down

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DISGRACED Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has apologised to his constituents for ‘letting them down badly’ after he was forced to resign over an expenses scandal.

The Labour MP, first elected in 1994, announced he was resigning after claiming thousands of pounds in expenses payments using fake receipts.

In an open letter, Mr MacShane said: “How do I say sorry? Rotherham has been such an important part of my life and I have let this wonderful town, its terrific people and my constituency down very badly.

“I stupidly, madly thought the costs of my work in Europe as the Prime Minster’s personal envoy – or for my own networking to make me fully informed as one of Parliaments experts on Europe – could be reimbursed by Parliamentary expenses.

“The way I did it, using an institute set up 20 years ago, which published reports and books by union leaders, was improper. I long ago paid the money back.

“I do condemn myself for stupidly, if not cupidly, making Rotherham’s MP briefly a negative national news item.

“I cannot convey how much I will miss Rotherham.”