Shamed ex-MP Denis MacShane says sorry to Rotherham constituency
Friday 09 November 2012
Shamed ex-MP Denis MacShane has said sorry to his former constituents in Rotherham, saying: “I have let this wonderful town, its terrific people and my constituency down so very badly.”
Mr MacShane stepped down as the Labour MP for the South Yorkshire town a week ago after the cross-party Commons Standards and Privileges Committee concluded the ex-Labour MP deliberately filed misleading receipts.
Today, the former minister apologised to the people of Rotherham in a letter to the Yorkshire Post.
"How do I say sorry?," he said.
"Rotherham has been such an important part of my life and I have let this wonderful town, its terrific people and my constituency down so very badly.
"I accept fully the responsibility for my actions."
Mr MacShane added: "That I was at grievous fault there can be no doubt."
But the former MP again stressed no new information had been presented since details of his expenses were published in 2009.
He said: "I did not flip my London home and make a huge personal profit.
"I did not pay a partner or a child £40,000.
"My house has not changed or been improved using taxpayers' money.
"I did not claim thousands under the so called petty cash heading without receipts."
Parliamentary Standards Commissioner John Lyon found Mr MacShane had entered 19 "misleading" expenses claims for thousands of pounds of research and translation services from a body called the European Policy Institute (EPI), signed by its supposed general manager.
However, the institute did not exist "in this form" by the time in question and the general manager's signature was provided by Mr MacShane himself or someone else "under his authority".
As the MP controlled the EPI's bank account, he was effectively "submitting invoices to himself and asking the parliamentary authorities to pay".
The case was referred to Scotland Yard in October 2010, but police took no action.
Yesterday, the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed its lawyers and police had met this week to consider reopening the criminal investigation.
In his letter today, Mr MacShane said: "I finish by apologising from the bottom of my heart for the damage I have done, I hope only temporarily, to the good name of Rotherham, through my folly and mistakes."
And he also talked about the death of his daughter Clare in a sky-diving accident in 2004.
He said: "When my daughter was killed 10 years later in a sky-diving accident, Rotherham was there even if that grief made me lose judgment on filling in expense forms at the end of an 18-hour day."
- 1 Hair loss explained: How and why men go bald
- 2 Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe the Stark may have a twin sister
- 3 Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
- 4 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
- 5 Russia 'accidentally reveals' number of its soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine
Most expensive city to live in for expatriates: Luanda, Angola takes number one spot with Hong Kong and Zurich in top three
Video of Irish 'professional boxer' fighting Istanbul neighbourhood goes viral in Turkey
Irish tourist filmed fighting with shopkeepers in Turkey says 'they messed with the wrong man'
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are handed peerages
Moody neurotics are more likely to be creative geniuses, study says
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs
£13000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Would you like to be part of a ...
£19000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT and Telecoms company ar...
£23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Visitor Fundraising Team is responsi...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...