Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Ex-MP: Secretary took me for £5k

A former MP accused of fiddling his expenses has told a court that a secretary paid herself more than £5,000 from his staffing allowance without his knowledge.

Jim Devine who held a seat in the House of Commons for Livingston in Scotland, is on trial at Southwark Crown Court for falsely claiming almost £9,000 from the public purse.

The former Labour backbencher (57) is on trial facing two charges of false accounting.

Devine, of West Main Street, Bathgate, West Lothian, denies both charges.

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