Shamed former Labour MPs David Chaytor and Jim Devine kept claiming parliamentary expenses even after they had been charged with fiddling the system, it has been revealed.
Chaytor, who is now serving an 18-month jail term, put in bills for hundreds of pounds in subsistence and mortgage interest. Devine, who is waiting to be sentenced, also received money for household costs such as utility bills.
The claims for living costs came after February 5 last year, when both men were charged with false accounting, and continued until just weeks before the general election. Both men were barred from standing as Labour candidates after the allegations of abuses emerged.