MacShane released from prison after six weeks

FORMER Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has been released from Brixton Prison six weeks after being sentenced to six months for expenses fraud.

MacShane (65) admitted fleecing taxpayers out of almost £13,000 by fiddling his Parliamentary expenses.

The ex-MP, now of Westmoreland Terrace, Kensington, submitted 19 bogus invoices in a three-year scam.

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He appeared at the Old Bailey in December and was sentenced to six months in jail by Mr Justice Sweeney.

He was charged with false accounting after he pocketed £12,900 for research and translation services that he did not actually use between 2005 and 2008.

MacShane quit as an MP in November 2012, the day after the House of Commons Standards and Privileges Committee recommended he be suspended for a year over his expenses claims.

Police initially opted not to prosecute MacShane, but then dramatically reversed the decision in July.

He described prison as a “humbling, rewarding and enriching” experience.