Jailed ex-MP to challenge his sentence

Former Labour MP David Chaytor has launched a bid to challenge his 18-month jail sentence for fiddling his Parliamentary expenses.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, and two other judges will hear an application by the former Todmorden councillor and Calder Valley Parliamentary candidate at the Court of Appeal on March 22.

If the judges grant permission to appeal on that day they will go on to hear the full challenge. The prosecution will also be represented.

Chaytor, of Lumbutts, who forged tenancy documents and invoices to falsely claim more than £22,000 of taxpayers’ money for rent and IT work from the Commons authorities, was jailed on January 7. Until standing down last May he had been MP for Bury North since 1997.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of false accounting between November 2005 and January 2008.