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More Parliamentary Stationery Abuse Exposed

Eric Illsley, the dashing but disgraced former MP for Barnsley Central, claimed £2,000 on expenses in November and December 2010 – that’s after his expulsion from the Labour Party and shortly before pleading guilty to expenses fraud.

He became known as the first sitting Member of Parliament to be convicted of a criminal offence in the MPs’ expenses scandal. He admitted to dishonestly claiming £14,500 of expenses in January this year and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment on 10 February.

His latest Parliamentary extravagances included a claim for over £1,000 for hiring a photocopier.

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) figures show that Illsley continued to claim Parliamentary allowances during his legal case and having been suspended by the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Eric Illsley
Eric Illsley: Dashing, magnetic, but morally flawed.

In other office supplies news around Westminster, Rotherham MP Denis MacShane had a £32.26 claim for stationery rejected because the receipt did not match the claim. MacShane was suspended from the Labour Party last October.

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