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Ex-MP jailed for expenses fiddle freed

Disgraced former MP Jim Devine was freed from prison yesterday after serving just a quarter of his 16-month sentence for expenses fraud.

Devine (58) was described as a liar by his trial judge after submitting false invoices totalling £8,385 in 2008 and 2009.

The former Livingston Labour MP is understood to have been released from Standford Hill Prison, Kent, under the home detention curfew scheme that allows inmates deemed a low risk to the public to be let out early with an electronic tag.

Only last month he raised doubts over the fairness of his conviction.

Devine was one of six Westminster politicians - four ex-Labour MPs and two Tory peers - jailed for expenses fraud.

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