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Disgraced MP mingled with killers

JAILED former minister Denis MacShane has told how he felt someone "had it in" for him after he spent six weeks in high-security Belmarsh prison before being moved to Brixton, rather than doing his time in an open jail like other expenses-fiddling politicians.

The Glasgow-born politician was locked up alongside gangsters and killers as he spent Christmas in Belmarsh last year.

And he revealed that jailed Polly Peck tycoon and former Tory Party donor Asil Nadir read the lesson to fellow inmates at the prison's Christmas Day church service.

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

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

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