MP charged over insurance

Barnsley Central Labour MP Eric Illsley is to be charged with fraudulently claiming parliamentary expenses on his second home in Kennington, South London, including for insurance, the Times reports.

The charges relate to claims for council tax, service and maintenance charges, repairs and insurance charges, and utilities and communications charges between May 2005 and April 2008.

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, 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.”

The Labour Party suspended Illsley after the charges were announced.