Lord Hanningfield suspended from Lords for a year over allowance claims

Lord Hanningfield suspended from Lords for a year over allowance claims

Privileges and conduct committee gives out stiffest penalty available but there are calls for his permanent expulsion.

Parliament’s system for disciplining peers is under renewed scrutiny after a peer convicted of abusing expenses received a year’s suspension from the House of Lords after being caught making invalid allowance claims for a second time.

MPs and pressure groups said that Lord Hanningfield should be ejected from the Houses of Parliament for good after he was found by the Lords’ privileges and conduct committee on Monday to have claimed the allowance for 11 days on which he did no parliamentary work. In 2011, the former Conservative council leader was jailed over his parliamentary expenses.

The committee’s inquiry followed a Daily Mirror investigation into the peer that alleged that he had collected the attendance allowance on 11 days in July 2013 after spending as little as 21 minutes in parliament.

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