Margaret Moran gets away with: thieving MP dodges jail
MARGARET Moran is 57. She looks 87. Before she was nicked for fiddling her expenses – aka stealing £53,000 from the taxpayer – the woman who was MP for Luton for 13 years looked a lot younger. Nowadays we only ever see her dressed in a big, ugly coat, granny hat and sniffing into a paper tissue.
We saw her in that new look as she went into Southwark Crown Court. The now former Labour MP, Margaret Moran, has been given a two-year supervision and treatment order. No prison.
Mrs Moran is “suffering from depression”.
For her sentencing, Moran wasn’t in court. She was declared “unfit to attend, due to mental health reasons.”
Moran, of Ivy Road, St Denys, Southampton, was found to have falsely claimed around £60,000 in parliamentary expenses between 2004 and 2008, of which she received £53,000.
Did she have history of mental illness? We can’t find any record that she did.
Until 2010, when she stood down as an MP, Moran was pretty sharp of mind.
Mr Justice Saunders said in his ruling:
“There will inevitably be feelings among some that Mrs Moran has ‘got away with it’. What the court has done and has to do is to act in accordance with the law of the land and on the basis of the evidence that it hears.”
She got away with it.