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A Labour MP has been cleared in court of making fraudulent housing claims.

Apsana Begum, 31, who represents the constituency of Poplar and Limehouse, was accused of three counts of making dishonest applications for council homes to Tower Hamlets Council.

She told Snaresbrook Crown Court her “controlling” husband was in charge of her finances and she was “shocked” to discover the paperwork was in her name.

Ms Begum said the accusations had been “driven by malicious intent”.

The Labour MP collapsed and wept in the dock after the verdicts were returned.