Not that you would know how serious the case was from the front page of the BBC website; coming underneath another attempt by the BBC to praise Obama by highlighting a positive statistic on the American economy:
"Labour MP suspended over expenses is the headline" - nothing to see here obviously. Even more nauseating is his statement:
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.Ah, being against fascism must mean by default that you're a 'good all round chap' so a little bit of money on the side is acceptable as a consequence. A point he reiterates:
I remain committed to work for progressive values, for Britain playing a full part in Europe, and for combating anti-semitism even though I can no longer undertake this work as a Labour MPProgressive values? Progressive politics? This is a phrase I detest...maybe because it's personal. Apparently it's meant as something that gets better but it also has another meaning. Mrs TBF has MS which is progressive - thus she will over time get worse - progressive is a negative term.
Perhaps on reflection the phrase 'progressive politics' is entirely appropriate.