Detectives will pass files imminently on the Labour MPs Elliot Morley, David Chaytor and Jim Devine, and peers Baroness Uddin, Lord Hanningfield and Lord Clarke of Hampstead to the Crown Prosecution Service, Westminster sources have said.
Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is expected to decide whether to prosecute the politicians as early as January, before a general election.
Mr Starmer will determine whether the politicians face court on counts of fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, or false accounting, for which the maximum penalty is seven years.
Police and criminal lawyers are confident that charges will be brought.
We\’ve had a case just recently, have we not, and Tom Wise got 2 years pokey.
If that\’s the going tariff it would seem very anti-inclusive to contain such gifts to only one political party.