In the course of reading comments under Gray Falcon’s recent Albright blog, I learned from commenter Aleks that Albright’s comrade-in-Orthodox-loathing, the British Labour MP and professional Serb-baiter/Albanian Mafia-kneeler (who also tried to keep Vladimir Putin out of the Olympics) — Denis MacShane — is being suspended for a year from Parliament.

It seems he’s been expensing improperly. That is, stealing.

And here I was scratching my head, wondering what was the kinship that he so felt with the Albanian con-men running his beloved Kosovo, the criminal den whose creation he worked toward and cheered.

MPs’ expenses scandal: Denis MacShane to be suspended as an MP for twelve months (Nov. 2)

A parliamentary committee has recommended that the former Minister for Europe Denis MacShane should be suspended as an MP for a year.


Silly-looking British douchebag and honorary Albanian conman Denis MacShane

The Labour MP for Rotherham is likely to be barred from Parliament for twelve months after the standards watchdog found he had submitted 19 false invoices “plainly intended to deceive”.

The Chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee said it was the “gravest case” to come before MPs.

Between 2004 and 2008, Mr MacShane claimed up to £950 for research and translation costs to pay the European Policy Institute (EPI). The total amount claimed was £12,900.

However, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards John Lyon’s report found that Mr Macshane himself controlled the EPI’s bank account.

“The EPI was a loose network with no formal structure. The names at the bottom of the letterhead were friends and associates of Mr MacShane dating from the early 1990s when he was working in Geneva and the EPI had come into existence,” wrote Mr Lyon.

The Committee on Standards and Privileges announced the suspension over three years after Mr MacShane was reported to the watchdog over his expenses. The Daily Telegraph exposed the expenses scandal in 2009.

The investigation was delayed because of a police enquiry that was only resolved last July. It was not clear why the police enquiry was terminated without charges.

[Well this is sounding awfully Kosovo-like!]

The investigation began after it emerged that Mr MacShane had claimed nearly £20,000 a year in expenses for an office based in the garage of his South Yorkshire home.

The former Minister claimed £125,000 in seven years to cover the costs of running his official constituency base from the garage of his semi-detached home in Rotherham.

The enquiry eventually focused on 19 receipts submitted by Mr MacShane for “research and translation”.

Kevin Barron, the chairman of the committee of MPs said it was “the gravest case which has come to the Committee for adjudication.”

“I am sure the House of Commons will consider our recommendation as soon as possible,” said Mr Barron.

Mr MacShane said he was “obviously desperately sorry for any embarrassment I have caused my beloved Labour Party and its leader Ed Miliband whom I greatly admire.”

He insisted that he had not gained personally from the claims and that the original complaints were politically motivated.

“Clearly I deeply regret that the way I chose to be reimbursed for costs related to my work in Europe and in combating anti-semitism, including being the Prime Minister’s personal envoy, has been judged so harshly,” said Mr MacShane.

Labour declared Mr MacShane’s career as a Labour MP to be “effectively over”.

A party spokesman said: “These are very serious findings concerning Denis MacShane and we accept his statement this morning that his career as a Labour MP is effectively over.

“In the light of the report’s recommendations to the House, the Labour Party has suspended Denis MacShane with immediate effect, pending a full NEC (National Executive Committee) inquiry.”

Faced with all this, it seems MacShame went ahead and resigned:

…The police are also under pressure to reopen their investigation, after the report by the Parliamentary Committee on Standards and Privileges concluded that Mr MacShane was “writing his own cheque” from taxpayer funds.

In the report, the standards commissioner John Lyon said the investigation was suspended for almost two years because of the police enquiry.

However, although Mr Lyon reported Mr MacShane to the police in October 2010, he noted in his report that his evidence was not requested by the police, raising serious questions about the police investigation.

The enquiry was dropped after the Crown Prosecution Service concluded that the file passed to them by the police in December 2011 contained insufficient evidence to try Mr MacShane.

The police have launched, but subsequently dropped, several enquiries into MPs following the expenses scandal.

Tonight the Conservatives requested that the police reopen their investigation after Parliament released full details of the alleged fraud.

In a letter to the Metropolitan Police, Philip Davies, a Conservative MP, said: “…The findings are astonishing and raise serious questions about whether Mr MacShane is guilty of criminal behaviour.”

He added: “I understand that the evidence collected by the committee during its investigation was subject to parliamentary privilege, and thus could not be used by the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service].” Matthew Sinclair of the Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “I think the police need to take another look at this… I think frankly if that doesn’t happen then I think people are going to have to consider a private prosecution because the evidence here is very clear…This is a deeply, deeply dishonest expenses claim and ultimately a fraud and there needs to be proper sanctions for that.”

In an ITN video featured at the above links, Mr. Davies added that someone who sets laws shouldn’t evade laws, and warned of the possibility that the information Parliament has on MacShane wouldn’t be made available to police and courts. (Note the irony of a video about fraud coming from ITN, which itself was guilty of defrauding viewers in 1992 with that “concentration camp footage,” as it worked against the same people that MacShane works against — Serbs.)

Well, at least MacShame knows where he can find a job. He can go where all Balkans-terror-buttressers find new lives: on the Albanian payroll. Indeed, it was after a failed Congressional reelection bid that Joe DioGuardi himself decided to become an Albanian professionally.

Update:

Police take first step towards charges against Denis MacShane (Nov.3)

Scotland Yard is to take the first step towards bringing criminal charges against Denis MacShane, the former Labour minister who used fake invoices to claim £12,000 in expenses.

Police sources said officers would seek advice from the Crown Prosecution Service on whether the MP’s frank admissions of abuses, made in letters to the Parliamentary authorities, could be used in a prosecution.

There had been widespread surprise at comments by a senior Commons official who said correspondence from Mr MacShane to the standards watchdog were protected by parliamentary privilege and so could not be used in a criminal prosecution.

When police and the CPS previously examined the case, in 2010, they were not shown Mr MacShane’s evidence. They dropped the inquiry earlier this year.

Friends of Mr MacShane said the politician privately acknowledged that he always “sailed close to the wind” during his parliamentary career, but complained his treatment seemed unfair compared with others accused of misusing the MPs’ expenses system.

[Criminals don’t like when other criminals get away with more. That’s why, for example, Kosovo’s opposition party is having Thaci’s party investigated.]

He resigned as an MP on Friday after a parliamentary report found he submitted invoices from an independent body called the European Policy Institute (EPI).

MPs found the documents were falsified and the money was paid into a bank account which Mr MacShane controlled.

He admitted his guilt in a series of letters to John Lyon, the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, which were published in last week’s report by the Commons’ Committee on Standards and Privileges.

In one, Mr MacShane described the EPI as a “convenient vehicle” to cover costs. He also made numerous admissions about his use of a fictitious signature on the invoices which MPs said amounted to “writing his own cheque”.

Liam Laurence Smyth, the Clerk of the Journals, who is responsible for parliamentary privilege issues in the Commons, said last week that this correspondence was inadmissible as evidence in a police inquiry.

He admitted that many people would find the situation “surprising” but said privilege was necessary for Parliament to function effectively.

Mr Laurence Smyth confirmed police were not provided with any of Mr MacShane’s evidence or the other information amassed by the commissioner after the Commons authorities referred the case to them in October 2010.

However, Mr Laurence Smyth suggested police may now be able to use the letters as a “map” to further their own inquiries.

Police sources said this interpretation of parliamentary privilege would now be closely examined.

John Mann, a Labour MP who has campaigned for greater openness on parliamentary expenses, said he believed it was “nonsense” to claim the documents are protected by privilege.

Mr Mann argued the rules were primarily designed to protect members from libel claims rather than criminal investigation.

One friend of Mr MacShane said: “It hardly seems fair. These claims are very historic and the police looked at them and dropped their inquiries.

[Also very Kosovo-like: citing muzzled investigations as proof of innocence. (See Kosovo and Albania official responses to the Council of Europe’s KLA-organ-harvesting inquiry.]

“Denis’s parliamentary career has been ended over £12,000 of expenses and yet there is someone who is promoted to the Cabinet after paying £40,000 to his lover.”

The friend appeared to be referring to the Liberal Democrat David Laws, who returned to Government in the September reshuffle. Mr Laws resigned in May 2010 after he arranged for £40,000 of public money to be paid to his boyfriend as rent – an arrangement in breach of Commons rules.

“There are also Tories who abused the expense the system in a far worse way [than Mr MacShane] and yet have not been censured in such a way,” the friend added.

It is understood Mr MacShane will now take time out to consider his options. He was born in Glasgow as Denis Matyjaszek to an Irish mother and Polish father. It was while working for the BBC that he changed his surname.

[Ah, so we have a Polish Catholic hating on the Orthodox. That explains a thing or two.]

His journalistic career also ended in colourful circumstances. He was sacked by the BBC in 1977 for using a fake name to call the radio phone-in programme he worked on.

During the call he accused the Conservative politician Reginald Maulding of being a crook. The Tory swiftly threatened to sue.

Mr MacShane has been married twice and has four children. It is understood he is currently in a relationship with Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of Chris Huhne, the former Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary.

Ms Pryce and Mr Huhne are set to stand trial in January for perverting the course of justice over a speeding ticket. […]

Closing with a fun quote from “Asteri” commenting on the Gray Falcon blog:

As for Denisi Makshani MP for Pristina North…I unfortunately follow him on twitter, he’s basically a volunteer PR man man for Thaci and for some reason he believes himself to be some kind of Balkan expert (apart from being a corrupt, contemptible oaf) even serving as ‘Minister for the Balkans’ under Blair. As you can imagine - he’s loathsome - even by Blairite standards and this makes his fall all the more enjoyable if not very overdue.