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UK lawmaker faces 12-month suspension for expenses


LONDON (AP) — An opposition Labour Party lawmaker should be suspended for a year for a string of illegitimate expense claims, a British Parliamentary committee recommended Friday.

The Committee on Standards and Privileges said lawmaker Denis MacShane had submitted 19 false invoices over four years.

It said that the invoices "plainly intended to deceive" Parliament's expenses authority, calling MacShane's actions "so far from what would be acceptable in any walk of life."

The legislator had made claims for extensive travel across Europe, including a trip to Paris during which he purportedly interviewed personal assistants.

MacShane, who has been suspended from the Labour Party, said he was "shocked and saddened" by the recommendation, which still must be approved by the House of Commons

Three years ago an expenses scandal shocked Britain, revealing that U.K. lawmakers had billed the public for items including pornographic movies and an ornamental duck house. Six legislators were jailed.

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