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Thursday, May 26, 2011

David Chaytor, First MP to be jailed for expenses fraud released after serving just a QUARTER of his sentence - IS THIS JUSTICE? - 26th May 2011

The first former MP jailed over the parliamentary expenses scandal has been released from prison after serving just a quarter of his 18-month sentence.

David Chaytor spent four and a half months behind bars after admitting he fiddled his parliamentary expenses to falsely claim more than £22,000 of taxpayers' money.

The ex-Labour MP for Bury North was freed from Spring Hill open prison, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, under the home detention curfew scheme, which allows non-violent prisoners who pose a low risk to be tagged and released early.

Chaytor, 61, became the first former MP to be jailed since Tory peer Lord Archer when he was sentenced in January.

Southwark Crown Court heard that he forged tenancy documents and invoices to make fraudulent expenses claims for rent and IT work from the Commons authorities.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Saunders told Chaytor that putting him behind bars was one of the first steps in restoring public faith in the parliamentary system.

In March the Court of Appeal rejected an attempt by the former lecturer to have his prison sentence reduced, ruling that his offences were 'a grave breach of trust' that contributed to 'serious damage' to Parliament's reputation.

Chaytor, of Lumbutts, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, will be on the home detention curfew scheme for the next four and a half months before spending the last nine months of his sentence on probation.

Fellow disgraced ex-Labour MP Eric Illsley, who was jailed for 12 months in February, has already been released from prison.

Former Labour MP Jim Devine was jailed in March for fiddling his parliamentary expenses.

Devine, 57, submitted false invoices worth more than £8,300 for cleaning and printing work then tried to blame his office manager when he was found out.

He was jailed for 16 months at the Old Bailey after becoming the first former MP to stand trial in the wake of the expenses scandal. Read More