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A Labour MP for east London has denied “deliberately and dishonestly” obtaining social housing.

Apsana Begum, 31, pleaded not guilty to three counts of fraud for failing to disclose information in council home applications.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard it related to three periods between January 2013 and March 2016.

Tower Hamlets Council, which is bringing the prosecution, alleged it cost the local authority £63,928.

Ms Begum said she “vigorously contests these malicious and false allegations”.

Prosecutor James Marsland told the court that the Poplar and Limehouse MP, who won her seat in the general election

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