Peter Skinner, the Labour MEP for Kent West from 1994 until 1999 and then for the South East of England from 1999 until 2014, has been sentenced to four years imprisonment following an expenses fraud trial.
Justice Maura McGowan said during the sentencing:
“You were trusted by the public and you abused that trust. You have not only damaged public trust in individual parliamentarians but also in the democratic institution itself. This was a breach of trust of the worst kind – this was a sustained pattern of stealing from the taxpayer”.
Skinner may now face action under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover some of the fraudulently claimed money. During the trial it was discovered that Skinner had defrauded over £100,000 from the tax-payer.
A Labour Party spokesman said:
“Peter Skinner has clearly not upheld the high standards we would expect of an elected representative, he is no longer a member of the Labour Party”.