A Labour MP who was only returned to the Commons in the general election earlier this month is to face a criminal prosecution over his Parliamentary expenses.
Eric Illsley faces three charges under the Theft Act on suspicion of dishonestly claiming £20,000 in council tax and other domestic charges over three years.
He will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 17.
Mr Illsley is the fifth politician to be charged over the expenses scandal. However, he is the only serving MP to have to face charges, after three others quit at the last election.
Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said after reviewing the evidence “we concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring criminal charges against Eric Illsley MP”.
The charges allege that “Mr Illsley dishonestly claimed expenses in relation to council tax, service and maintenance charges, repairs and insurance charges, and utilities and communications charges for his second home in Renfrew Road, London”.