Barnsley MP Eric Illsley bailed over expenses claims

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Eric Illsley
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Mr Illsley retained his Barnsley Central seat at the last election

An MP has appeared in court accused of dishonestly claiming more than £25,000 in expenses.

Eric Illsley faces three charges of false accounting relating to three years of expenses claimed on his second home in London.

The Barnsley Central MP, who sits as an independent, gave a not guilty plea indication at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

He was granted bail and the case was committed to Southwark Crown Court.

A plea and case management hearing will be held at the court on 22 July.

Mr Illsley is accused of dishonestly claiming expenses for council tax, service and maintenance, repairs and insurance, utilities and communications at his second home in Renfrew Road, Kennington, south London, between May 2005 and April 2008.

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