4 Dec 2010

Ex Labour MP convicted over expenses in UK

1:05 pm on 4 December 2010

A former member of parliament in Britain has become the first politician to be convicted in connection with a parliamentary expenses scandal last year.

David Chaytor, 61, the former Labour MP for Bury North, was charged with false accounting totalling just over £20,000.

He pleaded guilty just before his trial was due to start on Monday

Chaytor claimed rent for his own flat in London and rent for a house in Bury, which was owned by his mother.

He had previously denied the charges and was due to stand trial on Monday.

Chaytor stood down as an MP at the general election - having been barred by Labour from standing for the party again.

He will be sentenced on 7 January at Southwark Crown Court.

Two other former MPs, a current MP and two members of the House of Lords are due to face separate trials over their expenses claims.