David Cameron will finally deliver his long-awaited speech on Britain’s future in the European Union in London on Wednesday.
The prime minister was forced to call off plans to make the address – at least six months in the preparation – in Amsterdam last Friday because of the hostage crisis in Algeria.
Extracts released last week showed that he will use the speech to warn EU leaders that Britain could leave the 27-nation bloc if three key concerns are not resolved.
But his official spokesman declined to comment today on weekend press reports that he will announce an in/out referendum to be held after the 2015 general election, but rule out legislation during this parliament.
Police began examining MacShane’s expenses more than two years ago after allegations about abuses surfaced.
The criminal probe was dropped last July. But the ex-Labour minister stepped down from the Commons in November after the committee found he had faked receipts to receive thousands of pounds of public money.
The report included letters from MacShane to the standards commissioner detailing his actions, which had not previously been seen by police.
However, the Commons authorities have suggested such material would not be admissible in court as it is protected by parliamentary privilege.
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