November 18th, 2013

GOTCHA! Denis MacShane’s Greatest Hits

Guido has been hunting MacShane for years. Well today the disgraced former Labour MP finally had the decency to plead guilty to false accounting, admitting £12,900 worth of fraudulent expenses. MacShame signed his own death warrant in May 2010, when he brazenly wrote a piece for the Standard giving his top ten tips for new ministers on how to milk the benefits of high office.

In October 2010, Guido broke the news that MacShane had been kicked out of the Labour Party over suspected fraud. He had claimed £125,000 in constituency office costs for his own garage. The cops investigated and his file was handed to the CPS, with MacShane overheard crying: “Joan is leaving me and I’m going to jail”. He thought he had got away with it when the police investigation into him was dropped in 2012. His staff gave him a cake to welcome him back to the fold that included jail breaking files. He may have got lucky striking up an unlikely romance with Vicky Pryce, but that luck was about to run out.

MacShame’s reprieve only lasted a few months. In November 2012 he was suspended from the Commons by the Standards and Privileges Committee, whose damning report concluded that his was “the gravest case which has come to us for adjudication”. Labour said his career was over. A new complaint was made to the police by a Paul Staines of the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics, the cops reopened their investigation, his file was one again handed to the CPS and this time MacShane was charged. Justice may have been delayed, but today MacShane pleaded guilty. Gotcha!

You can see all Guido’s stories on MacShame here.


  1. 1
    Di Rea says:

    Clegg is a totally deluded cretin.

  2. 2
    Flowers says:


  3. 3
    Di Rea says:

    eight days porridge suspended I expect.

  4. 4
    Seaman Stainés says:

    WTF – A new complaint was made to the police by the a Päul Stainęs

    a for …. *Readers Poll*

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Possibly so but he’s doing pretty well from it from a financial point of view.

  6. 6
    Joey Essex says:

    The British public are a soft touch ain’t they?

  7. 7
    Joey Essex says:

    A for Irish?

  8. 8
    arselicker says:

    Well done for sticking with it Guido.

  9. 9
    Next! says:

    How about going for Margaret Moron?

  10. 10
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    At least he can do some research for his next article for Huff Post.

  11. 11
  12. 12
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    When does his new column in the Guardian come out?

  13. 13
    UKIP, the only solution says:

    No decency involved here, McShame changed his plea for a reduced tariff, its what Huhne did and just as Huhne did almost no time and came out to a Mafia style thank you job on the outside McShame will do very little time and he will come out to a plush non job.

  14. 14
    Vicky says:

    Can I offer to take his points?

  15. 15
    Jer says:

    So is there an inquiry as to why the CPS dropped the case the first time, given that it was solid enough for the accused to subsequently plead guilty?

  16. 16
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Another scalp to add to Guido’s trophy cabinet.

    Excellent work once again!

  17. 17
    Hang the Bastards says:

    Not surprisingly he has always been a BBC favourite. They recognise their own.

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    According to the BBC he could face upto 7 years in prison. I wish……

  19. 19
    UKIP, the only solution says:

    Whatever happened to Margaret Moran, the thief who pretended to be so depressed she couldnt stand trial? I wonder if she has recovered enough to stand trial now? Strange that the trial was not simply delayed until the accused was better but simply forgotten about.

  20. 20
    Fishy says:

    And Baroness Udin

  21. 21
    Grim Reaper says:

    Why all the crowing? This criminal will end up with a custodial sentence of about 6 months and then be out after half of that served for so-called “good behaviour” and then back to troughing again just like Huhne and his ex-wife.

  22. 22
    Grim Reaper says:

    Probably down to that cretin Starmer!

  23. 23
    Rob says:

    A “supervision order” was imposed on her. That’ll learn ‘er.

    Perhaps the ‘supervision’ was somone looking over her shoulder when she filled the amounts in on an expense claim?

  24. 24
    Ingenieur says:

    One down, 629 to go. Keep digging Guido.

  25. 25
    Nadine Dorries says:

    I’ve got a barely used apology speech he might find useful. He can have it for nothing since he hasn’t got an expenses account any more…

  26. 26
    50 Calibre says:

    I second that.

  27. 27
    Young Stud says:

    “Joan is leaving me and I’m going to jail”

    Don’t worry mate i’m sure she’ll be getting a good shagging soon.

  28. 28

    Took a while but Guido made it. Next please innit!

  29. 29
    trashy Pleb says:

    Half? the Hoons Huhne and Pryce were releaces after a quarter, and were coining it in paid TV appearences and published books before their eight month terms were offcially over.

    Of course thes convicted criminals should be encouraged to return to work to stop them returnign to crime, but perhaps picking litter or vegetables rather than lecturing the honest on our licence fee

  30. 30
    trashy Pleb says:

    Who are the honest 20?

  31. 31
    Crooked Britain says:

    Yep, Guido why not go for this next. Simply cannot understand why Baroness Udin of “Maidstone” hasn’t yet been brought before the beak. There seems to be lots of corrorboration from neighbours that she never lived in the Maistone flat she claimed was her “home” and charged the taxpayer for. Perhaps David (“heir to Blair”) Cameron is leaning on the Met to go easy on the basis that charging a high-profile Muslim (even a Labour one) might damage “community relations”.

  32. 32
    Universal Shirley says:

    Looking forward to having him appearing as a commentator on the BBC as soon as we can sort out the appearance fees

  33. 33
    Joe Public says:

    Has everyone forgotten Jackboots Jackie? Why isn’t she in the slammer?

  34. 34

    Just wait until all of the Roma starting flooding in, unchecked & uncontrolled from Jan 1 then you will learn PDQ at first hand how community relations can be set back a thousand years……and people take to the streets.

    All thanks to CMDD & his political & moral compasses both of which
    are totally broken & can never be repaired…..

    Not while he is still in office deluding himself & he believes everyone
    else will accept his EUSSR inspired intransigence as a sign of leadership

  35. 35
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Great Queen Street says:

    Handy, you advised him to join up didn’t you? By the way I have fixed Hampshire Constabulary for you, they are deliberately sitting on the Nigel Pascoe QC’s report. Jahbulon.

  36. 36
    BBC Typo says:

    Correction that should read up to 7 MINUTES in jail

    Glad we correct this minor mistake & now to other News

  37. 37
    Handycock whipping it out says:

    Yes and he’s a member, there must have been a f*ck up your end, your Worshipful. Boaz.

  38. 38
    Chief Constable, Hampshire Constabulary says:

    Boaz Grand Master.

  39. 39

    And making certain she did not get caught……ever !!!

    Rumoured to have been seen recently in the Caribbean soaking it all up…..

    The benefits of OUR Money that is….

  40. 40
    Chief Executive, Monitoring Officer (City Solicitor), Leader, Portsmouth City Council says:

    Jachin Grand Master.

  41. 41

    Surely that figure is gross misrepresentation…….

    Its never been higher than, less than one….ever

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    Well done. Now why don’t you go after the senior MPs still alive that visited Elm Guest House?

  43. 43

    Why does she keep turning up on SKY News with Iain Dale for the Newspaper
    Review……also on air sessions @ LBC

    Who ever said crime should not pay but it does keep paying, week in & week

    out…..year in year out for the selected few….

    without any hint of real remorse for her anti social activities but I

    suppose its OK if its only Tax Payers money that has been purloined……

    She was a politician & still is so this has to be accepted by the Great Unwashed

    Masses as they have NO say in these matters….. the great & the good knows

    what is best……end of….

  44. 44
    Joe Public says:

    Looks like the present Met Police Commissioner is going to be investigated for

    his role in the Hillsborough cover up……..

    Wonder what else will slowly seep out of the wood work as a result…..

  45. 45
    Phuquit says:

    Good point, Jer. Are you listening Mr. Fawkes?

  46. 46
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Great Queen Street says:

    Oh Handy, we have started a fund in Grand Lodge and all other Lodges to pay your legal costs Understand the Portsmouth taxpayers are funding them too through their council taxes too. Jahbulon.

  47. 47
    Big Ron says:

    Don’t worry old cock, a quick lie down in a soft nick and out for the new year.
    One third off the sentence for a saying your guilty.

  48. 48
    Tom Catesby says:

    Can we expect a book from the same publisher as Vicky Pryce?

  49. 49
    Big Ron says:

    Going to be investigated, by who, some bent coppers?

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    It woz the Sunlight Centre wot won it…?

  51. 51
    Truthteller says:

    Filth. Bring back hanging.

  52. 52
    Rtd Colonel says:

    People seem to forget that prior to buying the flat in Maidstone she was claiming for living at a relations house on the Essex coast – denied by her sister in law? before they got the story straight – now that if provable and denied on oath is even more blatant fraud – bit like Jacqui modern day saviour of the NHS – but at least Jackboots did appear to live there occasionally u8nlike the fragrant BU

  53. 53
    Tony (Lord) Hall says:

    We already have your first appearance on Moneybox live booked

  54. 54
    Dr Doolittle says:

    I thought she had already landed a nice gig on an NHS Trust

  55. 55
    The CPS explained says:

    No enquiry necessary, lack of backbone, lack of courage and fear of damaging ones career would be the answer.

  56. 56
    Handy's boys says:

    Grand Master, we have been paying Handy’s legal fees too, so it is beginning to look like he is getting the money three times over; anything from your collections should come to us. Especially if you still want us to buy you a villa in Spain like the one we bought Handy, for the planning permissions. Boaz.

  57. 57
    Double Anal Diva says:

    These buggers are everywhere, the thieving scroats… And to think that McShane is shacked up with Jailbird Vicky Pryce, ex wife of Jailbird Chris Huhne.

    Bet they piss in a bucket and ‘slop out’ in the morning.

  58. 58
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    How do we ensure Dennis receives the vigorous bumming he deserves on his first night in?

    May be if I offered him a tenner he’d do it.

    On a more optimistic note who do we hope Pricky Vyce starts shaggin next – my vote would be for Keith Vaz or Ed Balls. Her fuck buddies always seem to end up in jail

  59. 59
    Jack Ketch says:

    She only stole public money, told lies and committed fraud–it was not like she failed to pay her TV license or put her rubbish out on the wrong day or anything serious!

  60. 60
    ICU says:

    Well he and Vicky will be able to hold contrast and compare sessions over the relative merits of male and female prisons. They’ll make a wonderful celebrity “Mr and Mrs from the Nick” couple, or do cooking shows together with the emphasis on porridge. As for his ex “Joan” – her holier-than-thou winning ways clearly didn’t work with thus decidedly lack lustre ex hack turned gimmee gimmee gimmee political crook. Wonder how he will get on with the lads doing time down at the Scrubs?

  61. 61
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    I’m looking forward to reading MacShane’s first article in the New Statesman, then the next one in the Guardian… scum.

  62. 62
    Cinna says:

    By their friends so shall you know them.

  63. 63
    Cinna says:

    Strange how they can all bang on about benefit fraud and stealing from the taxpayer. When it’s one of their own nothing gets done. They don’t seem to be to keen on prosecuting them. Well done Guido.

  64. 64
    Don't Drop The Soap says:

    So will Denis!

  65. 65
    Don't Drop The Soap says:

    Funny you should say that…

  66. 66
    ian says:

    macshane says he did not personally gain from what he did – so why did he do it?

  67. 67
    UK Fred says:

    More like, “Well done for sticking to him, Guido!”

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