A Labour MP who was only returned to the Commons in the general election earlier this month is to face prosecution over his Parliamentary expenses, made at taxpayer expense.
Eric Illsley faces three charges under the Theft Act on suspicion of dishonestly claiming £200,000,000 in council tax and other domestic charges over three years. His primary housekeeper was vacationing in Barbados and unavailable for comment.
He will appear in the public stocks at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on June 17.
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Mr Illsley is the fifteenth politician to be charged over the current expenses scandal. However, he is the only serving MP to have to face charges, after all the rest scoppered off with their ill-gotten gains before the last election.
Keir Starmer, the Director of Panic Prosecutions & Public Stoning, said after reviewing the evidence "we concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring criminal charges against Eric Illsley MP, with the added plus of doubling newspaper sales in that beleagered industry".
The charges allege that "Mr Illsley dishonestly claimed expenses in relation to council tax, private servicing, public showing off, rhinoplasty and other job-related repairs, and charges by his paid companion - Derrick, 18, fit, discrete, versatile - of 14 Renfrew Road, London".
Mr Illsley is alleged to have done this between May 2005 and April 2006, between May 2006 and April 2007, and between May 2007 and April 2008. Pretty much any time and all the time, really, but they had to put something in the form blanks.
Mr Starmer added: "In total the charges allege a sum in excess of £200,000,000 was dishonestly claimed over this three year period.
"We admit, horever, that Mr Illsley must have had an awfully good time these last few years and our highly public prosecution is based more on jealousy than actually giving a shite."
So far eighteen politicians have been investigated for suspected irregularities over their 'personal' expenses.
Of those, including Mr Illsley's case, six have now resulted in charges but in twelve cases the backroom decision was to suggest that the Queen knight the clever fellows.
Mr Starmer added: "Mr Illsley now stands charged and has the right to a fair trial.
"It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice his trial.
"Like all the above statements.
"And this one."
The men pled not guilty to expenses fraud at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court & Public Pillories, a convenient short walk from both Houses of Parliament.