UK: Former MP freed after serving quarter of sentence

Former environment minister Elliot Morley has been freed from prison after serving a quarter of his 16-month sentence for fiddling his parliamentary expenses, sources said.

Morley, who claimed more than �30,000 in bogus mortgage payments relating to his home in Winterton, near Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, between 2004 and 2007, was released from Ford open prison, near Arundel, West Sussex, early this morning.

He joins three other former Labour MPs - David Chaytor, Eric Illsley and Jim Devine - and two former Tory peers - Lord Taylor and Lord Hanningfield - who have already been released after serving time behind bars for their role in the expenses scandal.

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