Mr MacShane, the former Europe minister, was reported to the police today after questions over his office expenses. The decision was taken by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and endorsed by the Standards and Privileges Committee.
The claims are understood to involve an office based in the garage of the Rotherham MP’s Yorkshire home and invoices from the European Policy Institute for “research and translation”. The EPI is controlled by his brother.
What is quite striking about the news is that it seems unlikely to trouble many front pages tomorrow (the FT is taking a 90-word digest). That may reflect the way in which the media, and perhaps the public, have become almost blase about the subject of MPs’ expenses after two years of revelation upon revelation. Three years ago the press would have reacted very differently.
Here is Macshane’s statement:
“I have been informed by the parliamentary commissioner for standards that he has written to the Metropolitan police in connection with his inquiry into a complaint against me filed in June 2009,” he said.
“While I obviously regret this development I will of course co-operate fully with the police as I have with the commissioner. I will make no further comment.”