Denis MacShane (born Denis Matyjaszek, 21 May 1948) is a British former Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rotherham from 1994 to his resignation in 2012 and served in the Labour Government as Minister of State for Europe from 2002 until 2005.
In November 2013 he pleaded guilty to false accounting at the Old Bailey, by submitting false receipts for £12,900. On 23 December, Mr Justice Sweeney sentenced MacShane to six months in prison. He served six weeks of his sentence before being released.
MacShane was an advisory board member of the now defunct Just Journalism, a pro-Israeli media advocacy group which presented itself as a neutral voice monitoring reports about Israel in the UK media. Just Journalism had strong links with the Henry Jackson Society, and shared an office with it.
Wrote an article warning about how Brexit could be bad for Israel, quote: "Israel will be the chief target once the UK has left the Customs Union. It is perfectly possible to “leave” the EU in the sense of formally quitting the EU Treaty without repatriating trade rules. [...] If the UK does repatriate its trade policy it will be a field day for the BDS movement to launch campaigns at a constituency level to get MPs to back trade bans, especially on goods made by Israeli firms in the West Bank."
MacShane was MP for Rotherham during the period of large-scale sexual abuse of children in the constituency. After the publication of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham he said in a BBC radio interview that no-one had come to him with child abuse allegations during that period, but that he should have been more involved in the issue. [...] "Perhaps yes, as a true Guardian reader, and liberal leftie, I suppose I didn't want to raise that too hard. I think there was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat if I may put it like that."
MacShane was a supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and strongly supported Tony Blair's foreign policy in relation to the Middle East and elsewhere. In 2005, he signed on to the Henry Jackson Society principles, advocating a proactive approach to the spread of liberal democracy across the world, including by military intervention.
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