Foremer leader of Essex County Council, Lord Hanningfield, facing suspension over House of Lords allowance claims

Lord Hanningfield faces having to repay £3,300

Lord Hanningfield faces having to repay £3,300

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Epping Forest

The shamed former leader of Essex County Council is facing suspension from the House of Lords over allowance claims.

The Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee said former leader of Essex County Council, Lord Hanningfield, who was jailed in 2011 for nine months over his parliamentary expenses, should face the maximum sanction after being found to have claimed allowances for 11 days when he did no parliamentary work.

The committee recommended the peer should repay the £3,300 he claimed.

Following a complaint, the Lords Commissioner for Standards, ex-Hampshire chief constable Paul Kernaghan, carried out an inquiry focusing on 11 days in July 2013 when Hanningfield spent less than 40 minutes in the parliamentary estate.

The committee said: "We recommend that Lord Hanningfield be required to repay to the House the £3,300 he wrongly claimed and that he be suspended from the service of the House until the end of the current parliament.

"Lord Hanningfield was unable to point to any specific work that he had undertaken on the 11 days covered by the commissioner's investigation."

In his report, Mr Kernaghan found that in making the incorrect claims, Lord Hanningfield "failed to act on his personal honour".

The committee's report will now be considered by the full House of Lords tomorrow, when peers will decide whether to accept its recommendations.

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