Ex-Tory peer caught in new expenses scandal

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A ex-Tory peer has been been ‘clocking in’ and wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayer’s money, a Daily Mirror investigation has revealed.

Lord Hanningfield, who spent nine months in prison for his part in the Westminster expenses scandal, was filmed by Daily Mirror reporters entering the House of Lords and then leaving very shortly thereafter – sometimes within half an hour – in order to claim a £300 daily attendance allowance.

The 73-year-old peer and former Tory front-bencher was followed for 19 days and on 11 of these days, was recorded leaving after less than 40 minutes.

It has also been revealed that he claimed a total of £51,300 in attendance allowance between April 2012 and July 2013 but made no speeches in any parliamentary debate.

In July 2011, he was found guilty of wrongly claiming nearly £14,000 after the jury heard he claimed £174 for overnight stays in London when he was not in the capital.

He was released in September 2011 after three months before being placed on a home detention curfew. He has since paid back around £70,000 for false expenses claims on the orders of a court.

Last night Labour MP John Mann, who campaigned to clean up the Commons, called for Hanningfield to be booted out of the Lords.

He said: “There needs to be a full investigation into how he has been allowed to get away with it. We need to give the House of Lords a proper, transparent spring cleaning.”

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