MacShane stands down as MP
Denis MacShane is standing down as an MP after a Parliamentary committee recommended he be suspended for a year for abusing his expenses.
Mr MacShane issued the following statement upon his resignation:
"In the light of the Parliamentary Commissioner’s decision supported by the Committee of Standards and Privileges to uphold the BNP complaint about expenses claimed in connection with my parliamentary work in Europe and in combating anti-semitism I have decided for the sake of my wonderful constituency of Rotherham and my beloved Labour party to resign as an MP."
A source close to Ed Miliband said Mr MacShane had "done the right thing" by resigning. The Labour party earlier said his career was "effectively over" after the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee found him guilty of “knowingly submitting" false invoices over a period of four financial years.
The committee said Mr MacShane’s conduct had been “so far from what would be acceptable in any walk of life” that he should be suspended. Kevin Barron, who chairs the committee, said the case was the "gravest" which had been referred to the MPs.
David Cameron gave his opinion on the report, telling reporters: “I think it’s obviously a very disturbing case, and the House of Commons has made it judgement. It looks like very, very serious things were done that were completely inexcusable and it’s right that action is taken.”
Tory backbencher Philip Davies has also urged the police to reopen their investigation into Mr MacShane.
Announcing Mr MacShane's suspension from the party, a Labour spokesperson said: “In the light of the report's recommendations to the House the Labour party has suspended Denis MacShane with immediate effect, pending a full NEC enquiry.
“These are very serious findings concerning Denis MacShane and we accept his statement this morning that his career as a Labour MP is effectively over."