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.