>Date set for expenses MPs to appear in court

>The dates for the expenses trials have been set. Former MPs, Elliot Morley, David Chaytor and Jim Devine will stand trial from 22 November, 6 December and 2 February respectively. From the Lords, Lord Hanngfield’s trial starts on the 13 December, and Lord Taylor’s on 17 January. The only currently sitting MP facing criminal charges, Eric Illsley, will stand trial from 10 January. They will all face charges of false accounting.

Thankfully they will stand trial in Southwark Crown Court, not in Parliament. The men tried to claim that Parliamentary Privilege, the rules that mean MPs can ask questions and make statements in Parliament without fear of being sued, meant they could only be tried in Parliament. That attempt made the collection of rubbish that is the expenses scandal stink just that little bit more, but hopefully these cases will mean British politics can start to move on.


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