2 Long term Jewish opponents of British nationalism having a bad time of it.......................
Denis MacShane Jailed Over Expenses Claims
Denis MacShane gets six months in jail and sarcastically mutters "quelle surprise" as he is led from the dock.
MacShane, 65, used the money to fund a series of trips to Europe, including one to judge a literary competition in Paris.
His guilty plea followed more than four years of scrutiny into his use of Commons allowances.
Mr Justice Sweeney, sitting at the Old Bailey, stressed that this expenses case was different to others because it was not for "personal profit".
But he added: "The dishonesty involved was considerable and was repeated many times over a period.
"In your case you have no one to blame but yourself."
Flanked by two security officers, MacShane, wearing a dark suit with a blue striped tie and glasses, said "Cheers" as the sentence was delivered, before adding, "Quelle surprise" as he was led from the dock.
Sky's Darren McCaffrey, at the court, said MacShane argued with the dock officer before sentencing after being told he could not take his luggage and mobile phone in with him.
MacShane was told he must serve half his sentence in prison and was ordered to pay costs of £1,500 within two months.
Parliamentary authorities began looking at his claims in 2009 when the wider scandal engulfed Westminster, and referred him to Scotland Yard within months.
But the principle of parliamentary privilege meant detectives were not given access to damning correspondence with the standards commissioner in which MacShane detailed how signatures on receipts from the European Policy Institute (EPI) had been faked.
The body was controlled by MacShane and the general manager's signature was not genuine. One message, dated October 2009, said he drew funds from the EPI so he could serve on a book judging panel in Paris.
It was not until after police dropped the case last year that the cross-party Standards Committee published the evidence in a report that recommended an unprecedented 12-month suspension from the House.
MacShane, 65, who served as Europe minister under Tony Blair, resigned as MP for Rotherham last November before the punishment could be imposed.
Police then re-opened their inquiry in the light of the fresh information and he was charged in May - even though the letters are still not thought to be admissible in court.
MacShane is reportedly in a relationship with Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne.
Macshanes real name is ; Denis Matyjaszek
And even more good news....................................
Police raid home of Labour Lord as part of historic sex abuse probe and spend two days searching his £600,000 apartment
- Officers raided the home of Lord Greville Janner of Braunstone, Leicester
- Leicestershire Police spent two days searching his flat in Barnet
- Spokesman said no arrests have been made in connection with the raid
- Neighbour describes seeing police 'coming and going' for days
- Lawyers for the peer say he is helping police with their inquiries
Officers from Leicestershire Police spent two days searching the peer's £600,000 apartment in Barnet, north London.
The force refused to give details of what was seized at the 85-year-old's home but confirmed it is part of an on-going probe.
It is understood the investigation is into allegations of historic sex abuse.
A police spokesman said: 'Leicestershire Police can confirm its officers executed a search warrant of a property in Barnet, London as part of an ongoing criminal inquiry.
'No arrests have been made at this stage.'
The former barrister was named Baron Janner of Braunstone, Leicester in 1997.
The peer's lawyers WilmerHale said in a statement, that Lord Janner is helping police officers with their inquiries.
The statement said: 'Lord Janner has not been arrested but has been assisting the police with their inquiries. We are not able to make any further comment at this time.'
Builders working on a renovation next door to Janner’s home saw a number of police cars and officers at the address on Monday and Tuesday.
One said: 'There were police cars here on Monday and Tuesday. They were coming and going all day.
'I don’t know what happened, but they’ve been back since.
'They were here on Tuesday and came back on Wednesday.'
The huge white-fronted property in West Hampstead contains six luxury flats.
Janner was at home on Thursday afternoon but did not answer the door.
A young man, who identified himself as ‘Jameson’, claimed he was the Lord’s personal spiritual healer.
He said: 'The Lord won’t come to the door. He is exhausted with all the stress of dealing with the police.
'He’s old and needs his rest. I don’t want to say any more.'
In 2006 Lord Janner was struck by fellow Lord Bramall, a former head of the Armed Forces, during a furious row over the Lebanon conflict.
Janner, a prominent speaker on Jewish rights who was President of the Board of British Jews, has been hailed for his efforts to see Holocaust victims receive compensation.
In 1955, he married Myra Sheink, born and bred in Australia, who passed away in 1996. He has three children and many grandchildren.
On his official website, Janner says his hobbies include 'autograph collections, glass and other antiquities, swimming, speaking his nine languages and his family.'
It also says he is a member of the Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.