A British member of the European Parliament has been jailed for nine months for falsely claiming more than £65,000 in benefits.
However, 71-year-old Ashley Mote, a former Ukip representative, has not lost his seat because of a law that means he can only be disqualified if he receives a term sentence of more than 12 months.
The father of two, who is an MEP for south east England, was found guilty of 21 offences following a four-week trial.
During sentencing, Judge Richard Price told Mote: “To say that this case has ruined you is an understatement, it is a tragedy.
“You have worked amazingly hard as an MEP. Nevertheless, the charges of which you have been convicted can only be met by a custodial sentence, nothing else would be appropriate.”