November 2nd, 2012

BREAKING: MacShane Facing 12 Month Commons Suspension

Statement from Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP, Chair of the Standards and Privilege Committee:

“The Report states that this was the gravest case which has come to the Committee for adjudication. It sets out the Committee’s views and reasoning clearly, and is accompanied by the detailed memorandum from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, as well as Mr MacShane’s response. I am sure the House of Commons will consider our recommendation as soon as possible. It would not be appropriate for me or any other Member of the Standards and Privileges Committee to comment on the substance of the Report before the House debates the matter.”

Standards and Privilege Committee’s report conclusion:

“We accept that Mr MacShane is widely acknowledged for his interest in European affairs, and the funds he claimed could be said to have been used in supporting that interest. Those activities may have contributed to his Parliamentary work, albeit indirectly. He has expressed his regret, and repaid the money wrongly claimed. But this does not excuse his behaviour in knowingly submitting nineteen false invoices over a period of four financial years which were plainly intended to deceive the Parliamentary expenses authorities. This is so far from what would be acceptable in any walk of life that we recommend that Mr MacShane be suspended from the service of the House for twelve months. This would mean he lost his salary and pension contributions for this period.”


UPDATE: Full background on MacShane’s expenses shame can be found here.


  1. 1
    What a loathsome man says:

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Drinks are one me!

  2. 2
    Ben Fellows says:

    Well bugger me !!!

  3. 3
    Peter Bone says:

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.

  4. 4
    Iain says:

    Well today just got much better

  5. 5
    What a loathsome man says:

    on me, I should say. You’ll have to excuse me, I got carried away by my jubilation over the news.

  6. 6
    Selohesra says:

    Where a pleb when you need one to arrest him – surely this is criminal?

  7. 7
  8. 8
    Denis MacShane says:

    can I put any fine down as an expense?

  9. 9
    Selohesra says:

    If he had any honour he would resign – but I won’t hold my breath

  10. 10
    J Adlington says:

    Surely it is wrong for the people of Rotherham to go so long unrepresented in the House of Commons.

    He must resign.

  11. 11
    What a loathsome man says:

    knowingly submitting nineteen false invoices over a period of four financial years

    Any condemnation from Ed Miliband yet? Course not.

    Don’t be surprised if MacShame does a Margaret Moran and hires a rent-a-shrink to claim he’s depressed.

  12. 12
    Ian Alexander says:

    He should resign then. His constitutents would not be represented for 20% of the parliament.
    If he has submitted 19 false invoices – surely that is more than a breach of the parliamentary rules – other MP’s went to jail for that Jim Divine for example, should he not be facing a trial?

  13. 13
    The General Public says:

    Bye bye baldy!

  14. 14
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    How many more are there?

  15. 15
    Allan D says:

    He must surely resign his seat and trigger a bye-election in Rotherham now though sadly the voters there are unlikely to punish MacShame’s party which selected him.

  16. 16
    Steve Miliband says:

    Does this mean a new series of ‘Lovejoy’?

  17. 17
    What a loathsome man says:

    A Labour MP willingly resign? When John Prescotts fly.

  18. 18
    Denis MacShameless says:

    But, but, but the two Eds have only just recently clasped me firmly to their bosoms.

    The media always call on me when you mad Europhobes want some of your own powers or money back from Brussels.

    This day will live in calumny !!!!

  19. 19
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Do you think it’ll be on the BBC 10 O’clock news?

    No, neither do I.

  20. 20
    Sir Mary Flappes says:

    The only suspension suitable for that weasel is from a suitably sized length of Pierrepoint approved rope.

  21. 21
    Lard Pressclott - Laughing Policeman in waiting says:

    Me fly ? Has Tracey forgotten to zip me up ?

  22. 22
  23. 23
    Sig Hansen says:

    Why has he not been charged with Criminal Fraud ??

    Answers on a postcard please

  24. 24
    Busy news day says:

    This and tonight’s Newsnight nonce revelations. Grab the popcorn.

  25. 25
    chris1943 says:


    They’ve been unrepresented by the greedy txxt since he got elected. Funny Barron should be chair of that committee as he’s already under scrutiny locally for ties with Japanese Pharmaceutical firms.

  26. 26
    HenryV says:

    Who will speak for the good people of Rotherham?

  27. 27
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Have you seen his demeanour in the House? Arrogant and condescending beyond belief. No shame.

  28. 28
    Small businessman says:

    19 false invoices?

    If I was caught doing that to my company, I would be in prison…

    Why did the fucking CPS drop the case?

    Has the Rule of law broken down ?

  29. 29
    The BBC are cunts says:

  30. 30
    Penfold says:

    Fraud is fraud, so why hav’n’t plod been called in?

    McShane is an odious little git and deserves his comeuppance.

  31. 31
    ed martin says:

    over to you inspector knacker!

  32. 32
    Bob Fleming says:

    There is a God.. now go after the rest

  33. 33
    Geezer says:

    Lend us a computer, mate. And is your garage available? Apples and pears, apples and pears.

  34. 34
    blub says:

    I’d like it if he got a rent a shrink to say he was temporarily doolally as an excuse and then got sent to share a cell with Sutliffe in Broadmoor.

  35. 35
    Mr Paddy Murphy says:

    Irish Former Billionaire Sean Quinn Jailed

  36. 36
    mine's a large one says:

    no go down to the pub – its friday – let others sweat

  37. 37
    Anon & never voted ZanuLieLabor & never will says:

    Good news to brighten a dismal day……

    Perhaps another bi-election looming ?

    Has McShame been invited to accept the Chiltern 100’s ??

    More questions than answers……..

    How will the Beeb play this…..probably not at all if they are

    true to there biased form…..a mere technical mishap !!!

    How long before slippery VAZ gets his just rewards ??

  38. 38
    Penfold says:

    Possibly they will run with it, if only to deflect and remove from lead and second news item, any reference to themselves and further revelations concerning Saville and his kiddie fiddling, and the BBC’s abject failure to do anything.

  39. 39
    Flocking useless.... says:

    MacShame…….. clearly criminal activity and should feel the full force of Plod !!

  40. 40
    What a loathsome man says:

    Pickles dealt with him nice and proper here.

  41. 41
    Outside of Chingford says:

    If you believe politicians should represent the public you’re a retarded bedwetter

    This isn’t the 1950s

  42. 42
    ed martin says:

    they’ve certainly got a good act going in the republic re fraudsters

    please also note mr mcguiness’s comments on the foul killing of the prison officer in the north

    some countries are progressing well

  43. 43
    Tax is theft says:

    Oh dear, what a McShame and I always thought he was such a nice chap too.
    Garage futures down on this news.

  44. 44
    ed martin says:

    throw him to the christians

  45. 45
    Flocking useless.... says:

    I suspect MacShame will be spitting feathers today :)

  46. 46
    Throbber says:

    he needs to be prosecuted. It’s common larceny. Suspension from the house is manifestly insufficient.

  47. 47

    Labour is the nasty party – professional politicians with no life experience, squireling away expenses at every opportunity while telling us what to do.

    The grass roots Labour Party should look at their elected officials and analyse whether they have ever delivered their five core principles of social justice, strong community and strong values, reward for hard work, decency and rights matched by responsibilities.

    I think you will find them wanting.

    Mind you the Tories promise to roll back big government and state intrusion proceeds at a snails pace.

  48. 48
    Nick Clegg says:

    Oh No !

    n 1979, Rochdale Alternative Press reportedly obtained evidence that, during the 1960’s, Cyril Smith “was using his position to get teenage boys to undress in front of him in order that he could get them to bend over his knee while he spanked their bare bottoms or let him hold their testicles in a ‘medical inspection’.

    The police decided not to prosecute Cyril Smith.

    Cyril had freemason connections.

    Reportedly, Cyril’s first went to MP Jack McCann to use his masonic contacts to get certain charges dropped or reduced.

    Reportedly, Cyril then met the chief Constable and provided him with details of what had been going on.

    Reportedly, the boys who had been abused, by several people, were from the notorious Barnardos homes, the ‘Cambridge Boys hostel’ in Rochdale, and a care home in Leeds.

    Leeds was home to Jimmy Savile.

  49. 49
    Quiet Bat Person says:

    They acknowledge the expenses claims were faked and so it should (also) be a matter for the police.

  50. 50
    maggie the dog says:

    What a working class hero that man is

  51. 51
    Cicero says:

    ‘We accept that Mr MacShane is widely acknowledged for his interest in European affairs, and the funds he claimed could be said to have been used in supporting that interest. Those activities may have contributed to his Parliamentary work, albeit indirectly.’

    Their job in Parliament is not to ‘support’ their own interests. Cheeky f**kers.

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Then they should call a by-election after kicking him out of commence.

  53. 53
    W.W. says:

    It would get a lot better if the police and CPS did their job and threw the tw@t in jail where he belongs.


  54. 54
    Ironically, the cunt tweeted about money 2hrs ago says:

  55. 55
    Herbert says:

    What about prison? Isn’t that what the rest of us would get for being criminals?

  56. 56
    Guido doesn't mince his words says:

  57. 57
    Kebabs for Romney says:

    Israelis back Mitt Romney in upcoming presidential election but Palestinians are indifferent: Israel…

  58. 58
  59. 59
    Bugler Bert says:

    Good Riddance – Lets hope that is the first of the many MPs on that fiddle

  60. 60
    Dick the Prick says:

    Surely the plod should may be get off their fat arses?

  61. 61
    Gonk II says:

    So brazen and delusional he must be verging on mental illness.
    A pathetic man. It’s pitiful.

  62. 62
    Labour says:

    But but one nation, one nation, child tax credits, Ashcroft, Ashcroft, Thatcher, child tax credits, one nation, one nation!

  63. 63
    dunstall says:

    If this hd happened in any other walk of life McShame would be in the clanger he has no shame he should resign immediately

  64. 64
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    I have known small business operators & their employees go to prison for years for less than this.

    Why are the Police not prosecuting?

    Why are the CPS utter cowards when it comes to pursuing criminalaity amongst the political elite?

    This erodes the publics trust in justice & parliament.

    MacShane must be prosecuted in the public interest.

  65. 65
    Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

    To be honest, I doubt Rotherham will see much of a change.

  66. 66
    No Shame says:

    I’m innocent I tell you:

  67. 67
    J Adlington says:

    If he does go to the Chiltern Hundreds I advise them to lock their silver away

  68. 68
    Dick the Prick says:

    No mention on the err… Daily Politics… and why should it be?

  69. 69
    Socialists = Sociopaths says:

    Hypocrisy and mendacity – it’s in Libor’s D-N-A.

  70. 70
    Great British Public says:

    +60 million.

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    In the HoC handicap the Labour party are hogging the field so far…four imprisoned & one suspended from the HoC for 12 months! We just need the lovely Jacqui Smith behind bars & I’ll be opening the champagne.

  72. 72
    Tax is theft says:

    Hahaha – McShane saying only last week that prisoners should get the vote:

  73. 73
    Backwoodsman says:

    Infamy dear, I think thats the word you’re looking for, as in “Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me.”
    And you would be correct. irrespective of being a corrupt little fucker who should be locked up for stealing from his employers, you also have that smug leftard look, which makes sensible people wish to commit common assult.

  74. 74
    Hear Hear! says:

    Nice one, Guido!

  75. 75
    Lovely? says:

    Go directly to Specsavers. Do not pass Go.

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    He was just planning ahead.

  77. 77
    Tom Catesby says:

    One hopes criminal prosecution will follow.

  78. 78
    Pissed off ex-hack says:

    I remember when McShane was a young militant in the NUJ when he worked at the BBC. Forever stirring things up and getting his mug published in “The Journalist”. A pompous wee a*** even then.

  79. 79
    Tom Catesby says:

    I call that thinking ahead!

  80. 80
    blub says:

    EU commisioners won’t get out of bed for a fraud less than 100K.

  81. 81
    Tom Catesby says:

    Not nearly as satisfying seeing you stuffed Dennis! That’s have some of this rent swap scum in jail too. Remember the Theft Act, section 16, 1968?

  82. 82
    Line the wankers up....three.. two.. one says:

    Why is plod not involved? I think somewhere above someone said the CPS dropped the case? A letter is about to wend its way to my MP asking for clarity as to why this man has not been arrested. Perhaps if as many people did the same then they would not be able to close ranks and smooth this over?

  83. 83
    blub says:

    It might be easier to just build a wall around Westminster and turn it into a prison.

  84. 84
    Scratch a libertarian, find a right-wing statist says:

    12 months off work for an offence that would get a normal working person jailed is the same as getting away with it.


  85. 85
    David Laws says:

    Sure. Just claim it’s “rent”.

  86. 86
    Jimmy says:

    verging on it? i’m across the central reservation baby…..follow me!

  87. 87
    keredybretsa says:

    Mister MuckShame must be pretty smart on finding new ways of fiddling. Or the checkers and controllers are incompetent.

  88. 88
    I agree with Jimmy says:

    He’s all right is Denis.

  89. 89
    Greychatter says:

    Suspended from Parliament and now resigned – know doubt taking with him a Gold plated pension – so still laughing all the way to the Bank.

    The poor Taxpayer will still continue to support these thieves.

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    And Jack Mccann MP was a relative of Gerry Mccann father of missing Maddie. Masonic links, child abuse. makes you think.

  91. 91
    Anonymous says:

    Ignore that .. wrong Jack McCann.

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    Ignore the above.. wrong Jack McCann

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