Two Labour MPs have denied advising a colleague on trial over his expenses that he could make claims from one allowance to cover staffing costs.No honour amongst thieves.
Tom Watson and Steve McCabe told Southwark Crown Court they had not had such a discussion with Jim Devine in a House of Commons' bar in 2008.
Mr Watson told the trial he was surprised to be called as a witness: "I don't know what I'm doing here, if I'm honest, I hardly know Jim Devine."
The MP for West Bromwich East told jurors Mr Devine had been a "parliamentary colleague" but added: "I was a minister for a long time and he was a backbencher, so we didn't meet often and never did I socialise with him, so I hardly know him."
Update: it gets better:
During cross-examination, defence lawyer Mr Millar said his client had taken advice from a member of the fees office called Andy Gibson.
Gibson has since been convicted for obtaining money by deception while he was processing expense claims and was jailed in September last year for nine months.
Seems he picked a wrong'un there.