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    Fraud complaint lodged against Redditch MP Jacqui Smith

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    Eadger Goldston

    by Eadger Goldston

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    A civil servant sacked for leaking embarrassing disclosures is planning to launch a private prosecution against Redditch Labour MP Jacqui Smith accusing her of expenses fraud.

    Ms Smith claimed £116,000 in second home allowance on her family home in Redditch while listing a London house she shared with her sister as her main home.

    But Christopher Galley, a former Home Office official, claims the former Home Secretary was more often at the Worcestershire address. He said: "We are accusing her of fraud by misrepresentation of her second home allowance.

    "We are suggesting that her main residence is in Redditch and not her sister's home in Peckham."