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Eric Illsley MP charged with three offences of false accounting

19/05/2010

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today announced that Eric Illsley MP has been summonsed to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 17 June 2010 to face three charges in relation to claims for parliamentary expenses.

Mr Starmer said: "Having thoroughly reviewed a file of evidence we received from the Metropolitan Police on 30 March this year, we concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring criminal charges against Eric Illsley MP.

"Mr Illsley faces three charges under section 17 of the Theft Act 1968 for false accounting.

"The first charge alleges that Mr IIlsley dishonestly claimed expenses in relation to council tax, service and maintenance charges, repairs and insurance charges, and utilities and communications charges for his second home in Renfrew Road, London, between May 2005 and April 2006.

"The second charge relates to the same claims between May 2006 and April 2007, and the third charge relates to the same claims between May 2007 and April 2008.

"In total the charges allege a sum in excess of £20,000 was dishonestly claimed over this three year period."

On 15 May 2009, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephens, agreed to set up a panel of senior police officers and senior prosecuting lawyers to assess a number of complaints made to the Metropolitan Police in relation to parliamentary expense claims. To date, eight files of evidence in relation to eight individuals have been submitted to the CPS for a charging decision. Of those, including Mr Illsley's case, five have now resulted in charges and in two cases the decision was to take no further action. An eighth file is still under consideration by the CPS and a decision will be made in due course.

Mr Starmer added: "Mr Illsley now stands charged with criminal offences and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice his trial."

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