He then created two fake invoices, so the £700 cost could be split between the two budgets – £450 to the Start Up and £250 for the other.
Defending, Thomas Forster QC said his client – a 51-year-old father of two school-age children – was in a “privileged position” as an MP, but that his offending was a mistake rather than a “return to the bad old days” of “maxing out expenses accounts”.
He said: “There is a very real likelihood that his political career is in tatters.
“This is a tragically disastrous set of circumstances to which I accept he is the author.
“It is not a financial cost, it is a harm to the integrity of Parliament.”
Mr Forster added that his client underspent “across every single budget”.
Prosecuting, Mr Stott said it was accepted that Davies had not sought to profit financially from the action and that he was entitled to claim for the pictures.