Former South Yorkshire MP Denis MacShane has appeared in court to face a charge of false accounting over expenses claims.
He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address at a hearing in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London.
MacShane, of Westmoreland Terrace, central London, is accused of false accounting over alleged fraudulent claims of £12,900 for research and translation services between January 6 2005 and January 15 2008.
The 65-year-old, who appeared in the dock of the court wearing a suit and carrying a copy of the French newspaper Le Monde, was given unconditional bail by Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle.
He is due to appear again on September 27 at London’s Southwark Crown Court.
Prosecutors announced in July that he would face one count of false accounting following claims that he had faked receipts.
MacShane stood down as Labour MP for Rotherham in South Yorkshire last year.
MacShane left the court later accompanied by his lawyer, Martin Rackstraw. He made no comment.