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Former Labour MP Loses Appeal

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TEHRAN, March 24 (ICANA) – The UK Court of Appeal has rejected a request made by former MP David Chaytor to reduce his 18-month jail sentence over false expenses claims.
Thursday, March 24, 2011 1:27:57 PM
Former Labour MP Loses Appeal

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, criticized the former MP for “damaging our priceless democratic system" and considered his attempt to “fiddle parliamentary expenses” as "seriously dishonest.”

"It is difficult to exaggerate the levels of public concern at the revelation of significant abuse of the expenses system by some MPs who ... betrayed the public trust,” Judge said.

“The result was serious damage to the reputation of Parliament with correspondingly reduced confidence in our priceless democratic system."

David Chaytor is convicted of three counts of false claims totaling £18,350.

One of the false claims he made was between September 2007 and January 2008. He received £5,425 to rent a house in Lancashire, which was owned by his mother. There has been no record of him paying his mother.

It is illegal to claim for leasing a property owned by a family member. His mother, who suffered from Alzheimer, has died.

Chaytor also made another £12,925 false claim between November 2005 and September 2006 to rent a flat in central London, which was found to be his own. There has been a fake tenancy agreement that showed he paid £1,175 monthly for the flat.

His third false claim was in May 2006, when he claimed £1,950 for IT support services he had never received.

Judge said Chaytor had publicly acknowledged his dishonesty and his humiliation was complete.

"Some elected representatives, vested with the responsibility for making the laws which govern us all, betrayed the public trust. There was incredulous consequent public shock,” he added.

"This sad fall from grace was entirely self-inflicted," the judge concluded.

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