BREAKING: Elliot Morley, David Chaytor, Jim Devine and Lord Hanningfield charged over expenses fraud. Uddin investigation ongoing, Lord Clarke insufficient evidence
The four have released a joint statement which reads: "We are clearly extremely disappointed that the DPP has decided to instigate proceedings against us - we thought we'd get away with it. Everyone else has.
"We totally refute any charges that we have committed an offence and we will defend our position robustly. We are confident of our position and have been advised by eminent QCs - our freemason friends in the Judiciary and the Police will see us right, we're sure
"We maintain that this is an issue that should be resolved by the parliamentary commissioner who is there to enforce any breach of the rules - Please don't call the real Police. I can't go to Jail, I'm too pretty
"Clearly parliament's system of expenses is utterly discredited, but we believe there has been a complete inconsistency of approach to different individual cases. - Do it to Julia