Jailed politician Denis MacShane slams Christmas dinner at Thamesmead's Belmarsh prison

Jailed politician slams Christmas dinner at Thamesmead's Belmarsh prison

Jailed politician slams Christmas dinner at Thamesmead's Belmarsh prison

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A politician convicted of fiddling his expenses has slammed the Christmas dinner on offer at Thamesmead's Belmarsh prison.

Jailed former minister Denis MacShane has told how he felt someone "had it in for me" after he spent six weeks in the high-security prison before being moved to Brixton.

In a diary of his time behind bars, published in the Mail on Sunday, Mr MacShane recalled how he was locked up alongside gangsters and killers - including Soho nail bomber David Copeland - as he spent Christmas in Belmarsh last year.

And he revealed that jailed Polly Peck tycoon and former Conservative Party donor Asil Nadir read the lesson to fellow-inmates at the Christmas Day church service inside the  jail.

The former Labour MP for Rotherham was given a six-month jail sentence for making bogus expenses claims worth £12,900.

In his diaries, Mr MacShane complains of being denied writing implements and access to phones in jail and being fed "industrial turkey (and) a tiny cocktail sausage with a bit of bacon and a smidgen of stuffing" for Christmas dinner.

And he reveals that at both Belmarsh and Brixton jails, warders initially addressed him as Ian McShane - perhaps muddling him up with the Lovejoy and Deadwood actor.

Mr MacShane was jailed for filing fake receipts to cover trips to Europe, but insisted he did not personally profit from it.

In his diaries, he says that fellow-inmates were "baffled" that he should be locked up alongside them, given the scale of his offence.

And he says he told lags about the methods used by other MPs to rack up far larger sums through their expenses claims while remaining within the rules in force at the time, concluding: "Dear, oh dear, why didn't I claim my expenses like other profiteering MPs?"

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11:20am Mon 4 Aug 14

Gypo.Joe says...

If you can't do the time don't do the crime boi.

It aint rocket science now is it.
If you can't do the time don't do the crime boi. It aint rocket science now is it. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 15

11:20am Mon 4 Aug 14

joncook says...

He clearly still doesn't accept that he has done wrong and is showing absolutely no remorse. What a pitiful excuse for a man.
He clearly still doesn't accept that he has done wrong and is showing absolutely no remorse. What a pitiful excuse for a man. joncook
  • Score: 20

11:45am Mon 4 Aug 14

whats common about sense says...

He is only sorry he didn't steal more, says it all about politicians, I say he is clearly not rehabilitated and should be stuck back in Belmarsh until he is really sorry.
He is only sorry he didn't steal more, says it all about politicians, I say he is clearly not rehabilitated and should be stuck back in Belmarsh until he is really sorry. whats common about sense
  • Score: 23

12:58pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Meehir says...

The man is a thieving fool. He will never be rehabilitated, and is still on the political gravy train. I hope nobody buys his book then he will have to work for as living. Scum.
The man is a thieving fool. He will never be rehabilitated, and is still on the political gravy train. I hope nobody buys his book then he will have to work for as living. Scum. Meehir
  • Score: 14

3:47pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Joelo says...

Sounds about right. Most politicians think prison should be a holiday camp!
Sounds about right. Most politicians think prison should be a holiday camp! Joelo
  • Score: -1

5:39pm Mon 4 Aug 14

paulbexleyheath says...

sounds like he hasnt learnt anything from this . and no dout he will make a shed load of cash from the sale of hes book.
i wont be buying it thats for sure
sounds like he hasnt learnt anything from this . and no dout he will make a shed load of cash from the sale of hes book. i wont be buying it thats for sure paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 22

7:51pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Gypo.Joe says...

paulbexleyheath wrote:
sounds like he hasnt learnt anything from this . and no dout he will make a shed load of cash from the sale of hes book.
i wont be buying it thats for sure
Well you have a problem with capital letters, so can you even read I ask myself boi.
[quote][p][bold]paulbexleyheath[/bold] wrote: sounds like he hasnt learnt anything from this . and no dout he will make a shed load of cash from the sale of hes book. i wont be buying it thats for sure[/p][/quote]Well you have a problem with capital letters, so can you even read I ask myself boi. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -10

5:11pm Tue 5 Aug 14

the wall says...

Looks like Reg Holdsworth.
Looks like Reg Holdsworth. the wall
  • Score: 0

1:21pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Spurious1974 says...

A shame that Denis MacShane wasn't stuffed and roasted as the Christmas turkey for the rest of the prison on Christmas Day...... one less thieving, self-serving SOB politician in this country...... now that's what you call 'getting all your Xmas' in one go.........
A shame that Denis MacShane wasn't stuffed and roasted as the Christmas turkey for the rest of the prison on Christmas Day...... one less thieving, self-serving SOB politician in this country...... now that's what you call 'getting all your Xmas' in one go......... Spurious1974
  • Score: 7

10:03am Sun 10 Aug 14

cookster says...

I know he did a bad thing but did it really warrant being detained in Belmarsh for fiddling expenses?
I know he did a bad thing but did it really warrant being detained in Belmarsh for fiddling expenses? cookster
  • Score: 0

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