An MP accused of dishonestly claiming more than £25,000 in expenses has appeared in court.
Eric Illsley, former Labour representative for Barnsley Central, faces three charges of false accounting, relating to three years of expenses claimed on his second home in London.
Illsley, 55, spoke only to confirm his name when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court in central London.
He has been ordered to appear before Mr Justice Saunders for a directions hearing on a date yet to be fixed.
Illsley, who is on bail, is the fifth politician to appear in court facing criminal charges after the expenses scandal last year.
A sixth politician, Lord Taylor of Warwick, will appear before City of Westminster magistrates accused of six counts of false accounting next month.
It is alleged that Illsley dishonestly claimed expenses for council tax, service/maintenance, repairs/insurance, utilities and communications at his second home in Renfrew Road, Kennington, south London, between May 2005 and April 2008.
Illsley, of Westmoor Crescent, Pogmoor, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, has since been suspended from the Labour Party and now sits as an independent after being re-elected in May.
Last month, a judge ruled that three other former Labour MPs and a Tory peer would have to stand trial in a criminal court over accusations that they fiddled their expenses.
Former Labour MPs David Chaytor, Elliot Morley, and Jim Devine, and Tory peer Lord Hanningfield, also known as Paul White, are accused of theft by false accounting.