Supreme court rules expenses MPs must face trial
Guardian: Highest court in UK dismisses argument that expenses issue should be covered by parliamentary privilege rather than legal system
The supreme court has dismissed claims made by David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine that they should not be tried in a criminal court because their expenses are covered by parliamentary privilege.
All three deny theft by false accounting over their parliamentary expenses and their legal team has argued that the investigation and any sanctions should “should lie within the hands of parliament”.
The supreme court – the highest court in the UK – ruled they were not protected by parliamentary privilege. They will now face separate trials at London’s Southwark crown court, the first of which is due to begin on 22 November.
Nine justices fast-tracked their decision today to avoid overlapping with the criminal proceedings and will give their reasons for the ruling at a later date.
The Justices of The Supreme Court will provide reasons for their decision shortly