Originally posted by KazetNagorra
Why haven't they been charged?
MP jailed for 6 months
Tory peer Lord Hanningfield jailed for 9 months
MP jailed for 12 months
Courtroom one at Southwark crown court is not quite the members' lobby of the House of Commons, but it is becoming a little like it. No sooner had Jim Devine, the former Labour MP for Livingston, been found guilty of filing false invoices amounting to £9,000, than he was replaced in the glass-sided cube that is the dock by Eric Illsley, until this week Labour MP for Barnsley Central, whose guilty plea to claiming £14,500 more than he was entitled to resulted in a sentence of 12 months' imprisonment.
They follow David Chaytor, another former Labour MP, jailed for 18 months in January, and Lord Taylor of Warwick, the Tory peer, found guilty a fortnight ago in the same court.