Labour MP Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central) is reportedly to be the fifth politician to be charged with fraud over the expenses scandal.

Mr Illsley has held his seat since 1987 and held it with a majority of over 11,000 at the recent general election.

According to the Times Mr Illsley is to face three charges of false accounting and will appear at the City of Westminster Magistrate’s Court on the 17th of June.

These charges cover council tax as well as claims for maintenance, repairs, insurance, utilities and communications costs over a three year period up to April 2008.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Kier Starmer QC said: “Having thoroughly reviewed a file of evidence we received from the Metropolitan Police on 13 March this year, we concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring criminal charges against Eric Illsley.”

He joins fellow Labour MPs Jim Devine, Elliot Morley and David Chaytor as well as the Conservative Lord Hanningfield. Another sixth politician and former Labour MP reportedly in the frame is Harry Cohen (Lab – Leyton and Wanstead).

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