Denis MacShane

born in Glasgow in 1948 to an Irish mother and Polish father, read history at Merton College Oxford and has a PhD in International Economics Birkbeck, University of London. Youngest ever president of the National Union of Journalists, he is a former BBC Radio Birmingham producer and was sub-editor in the newsroom of the BBC World Service. Elected MP for Rotherham in 1994, he was Minister of State for Europe 2002-5. In 2009, the BNP made a complaint about the £12,900 he had claimed for networking in Europe. Found guilty of breaking Commons rules, his parliamentary career ended in 2012. He was charged with false accounting to which he pleaded guilty, and sent to Belmarsh and, later Brixton Prison. He is author of Prison Diaries (2014) and is a regular contributor to openDemocracy.