Hanningfield could be suspended from Lords in new storm on expenses

Hanningfield could be suspended from Lords in new storm on expenses

Hanningfield could be suspended from Lords in new storm on expenses

First published in Local News

A FRAUD lord reportedly faces being suspended from the House of Lords over allegations related to his parliamentary expenses.

LordHanningfield, the former Tory leader of Essex County Council, who was jailed in 2011 for abuse of expenses, has defended his right to regularly claim a £300 daily attendance allowance, despite reportedly spending little time in Parliament.

A national newspaper said the Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee was set to recommend suspending him from Parliament until the next general election and ordering him to repay some of the money he claimed.

It reported the peer had attempted to justify his actions by saying he needed the cash to hire a man to look after his poultry while he was in Westminster.

It follows an investigation by the newspaper which found on 11 of the 19 days that reporters monitored Lord Hanningfield’'s movements in July last year, he spent less than 40 minutes in the Lords after “clocking in’’ with an official in the chamber before returning to his home in West Hanningfield.

The shortest attendance during the month was 21 minutes and the longest more than five hours, with £5,700 claimed in attendance allowance and £471 in travel costs, the newspaper said.

The newspaper said the committee was set to make him repay £3,300 for the 11 short visits to the Lords.

When the paper challenged him about the claims when the story broke in December, he said the money went on “entertaining, meeting people, employing people’’, adding that he wasa “full-time peer’, who needed to be able to pay his electricity bill and buy food. He added: “Clocking in and out of Parliament is only part of being a peer.

“By the time I have people at home to help, time I have people in the House of Lords to help me, I spend something like £150 a day on expenses, so I don’'t really make any profit.’’ A House of Lords spokesman confirmed a report on Lord Hanningfield had been passed to the committee by Lords Commissioner for Standards, Paul Kernaghan, and the process was “near to completion’’, but would not give any further details.

Lord Hanningfield was jailed for nine months in 2011 for falsely claiming expenses, including for overnight stays in London when he was not in the capital.

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8:38am Wed 7 May 14

Bettycraven says...

And yet they bang on about people on benefits, the cheek of it!!
And yet they bang on about people on benefits, the cheek of it!! Bettycraven
  • Score: 14

8:49am Wed 7 May 14

Nebs says...

I'll look after his poultry for £300 a day.
I'll look after his poultry for £300 a day. Nebs
  • Score: 9

9:08am Wed 7 May 14

Happy Chickie says...

"A FRAUD lord"

Who writes these stories?
"A FRAUD lord" Who writes these stories? Happy Chickie
  • Score: 4

10:08am Wed 7 May 14

pembury53 says...

don't be too quick to judge, maybe those chickens do require a nursemaid, during office hours...... all those that have 'borrowed' the odd printer cartridge, or ream of paper from the office, or slipped in the odd receipt for services not rendered, would do well to remember stones and glass houses...........
don't be too quick to judge, maybe those chickens do require a nursemaid, during office hours...... all those that have 'borrowed' the odd printer cartridge, or ream of paper from the office, or slipped in the odd receipt for services not rendered, would do well to remember stones and glass houses........... pembury53
  • Score: -8

10:30am Wed 7 May 14

bazza 1 says...

pembury53 wrote:
don't be too quick to judge, maybe those chickens do require a nursemaid, during office hours...... all those that have 'borrowed' the odd printer cartridge, or ream of paper from the office, or slipped in the odd receipt for services not rendered, would do well to remember stones and glass houses...........
You are implying that we are ALL thieves at heart, and that is an insult to everyone who is honest. I, and all other taxpayers, pay the wages of these thieves. The thieves in BOTH houses, Commons and Lords, take money because they can, and see nothing wrong in it. Then they castigate the rest of us for wanting a better standard of living, or improvements to our health service. Now we have the situation whereby local services are being reduced and we have to put up and shut up, because we are told we are "All in this together". I have news for you brother, that is rubbish. We are in it, and they are out of it.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: don't be too quick to judge, maybe those chickens do require a nursemaid, during office hours...... all those that have 'borrowed' the odd printer cartridge, or ream of paper from the office, or slipped in the odd receipt for services not rendered, would do well to remember stones and glass houses...........[/p][/quote]You are implying that we are ALL thieves at heart, and that is an insult to everyone who is honest. I, and all other taxpayers, pay the wages of these thieves. The thieves in BOTH houses, Commons and Lords, take money because they can, and see nothing wrong in it. Then they castigate the rest of us for wanting a better standard of living, or improvements to our health service. Now we have the situation whereby local services are being reduced and we have to put up and shut up, because we are told we are "All in this together". I have news for you brother, that is rubbish. We are in it, and they are out of it. bazza 1
  • Score: 12

10:57am Wed 7 May 14

SARFENDMAN says...

How does he sleep at night? Obviously at our expense and soundly.
How does he sleep at night? Obviously at our expense and soundly. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 6

11:04am Wed 7 May 14

ddf35 says...

why can MPs claim travel expenses when they are just travelling to and from the house of lords? surely this is their main place of work - we all have to pay to get to work (bus, train, car) - and only get expenses if you have to go elsewhere for training or a meeting - surely their travel expenses to get to the houses of parliament should be up to them? it's their choice to live miles away if they do!
why can MPs claim travel expenses when they are just travelling to and from the house of lords? surely this is their main place of work - we all have to pay to get to work (bus, train, car) - and only get expenses if you have to go elsewhere for training or a meeting - surely their travel expenses to get to the houses of parliament should be up to them? it's their choice to live miles away if they do! ddf35
  • Score: 11

11:32am Wed 7 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

Why is anybody shocked? They're all at it, claiming £300 a day. Lady Ange of Vange, Angela Smith is claiming £300 just for turning up too. The selfsame one who opposed the House of Lords saying it should be abolished but there she is "Baroness" Basildon.

Oh the hypocrisy!
Why is anybody shocked? They're all at it, claiming £300 a day. Lady Ange of Vange, Angela Smith is claiming £300 just for turning up too. The selfsame one who opposed the House of Lords saying it should be abolished but there she is "Baroness" Basildon. Oh the hypocrisy! Kim Gandy
  • Score: 8

11:42am Wed 7 May 14

pembury53 says...

bazza 1 wrote:
pembury53 wrote: don't be too quick to judge, maybe those chickens do require a nursemaid, during office hours...... all those that have 'borrowed' the odd printer cartridge, or ream of paper from the office, or slipped in the odd receipt for services not rendered, would do well to remember stones and glass houses...........
You are implying that we are ALL thieves at heart, and that is an insult to everyone who is honest. I, and all other taxpayers, pay the wages of these thieves. The thieves in BOTH houses, Commons and Lords, take money because they can, and see nothing wrong in it. Then they castigate the rest of us for wanting a better standard of living, or improvements to our health service. Now we have the situation whereby local services are being reduced and we have to put up and shut up, because we are told we are "All in this together". I have news for you brother, that is rubbish. We are in it, and they are out of it.
now then, i actually agree with most of your response, but it's worth remembering that "were all in together" dave, is in a position to spout such garbage, because a significant number of the working class believe it, and still vote for these self serving thieves...... as for fiddling expenses, surveys have shown that most of us will nick a bit, here and there, given the chance.....
[quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: don't be too quick to judge, maybe those chickens do require a nursemaid, during office hours...... all those that have 'borrowed' the odd printer cartridge, or ream of paper from the office, or slipped in the odd receipt for services not rendered, would do well to remember stones and glass houses...........[/p][/quote]You are implying that we are ALL thieves at heart, and that is an insult to everyone who is honest. I, and all other taxpayers, pay the wages of these thieves. The thieves in BOTH houses, Commons and Lords, take money because they can, and see nothing wrong in it. Then they castigate the rest of us for wanting a better standard of living, or improvements to our health service. Now we have the situation whereby local services are being reduced and we have to put up and shut up, because we are told we are "All in this together". I have news for you brother, that is rubbish. We are in it, and they are out of it.[/p][/quote]now then, i actually agree with most of your response, but it's worth remembering that "were all in together" dave, is in a position to spout such garbage, because a significant number of the working class believe it, and still vote for these self serving thieves...... as for fiddling expenses, surveys have shown that most of us will nick a bit, here and there, given the chance..... pembury53
  • Score: -4

12:00pm Wed 7 May 14

Matthew S. Dent says...

There's a typo in the headline, Echo. It's actually spelt "should".
There's a typo in the headline, Echo. It's actually spelt "should". Matthew S. Dent
  • Score: 1

12:00pm Wed 7 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Suspended?



By the neck?
Suspended? By the neck? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 8

12:51pm Wed 7 May 14

andy:) says...

Another typical Tory, moan about people on benefits getting a pittance a day yet rakes in £300 for doing sweet FA, cant we just have him put down, he is an absolute disgrace, did he learn nothing in jail ?
Another typical Tory, moan about people on benefits getting a pittance a day yet rakes in £300 for doing sweet FA, cant we just have him put down, he is an absolute disgrace, did he learn nothing in jail ? andy:)
  • Score: 6

4:13pm Wed 7 May 14

runwellian says...

The only way crime pays is if you are a thief in parliament, your punishment is promotion, the more you fiddle the more you get away with!

It is disgusting that this government are robbing the old and poor, cutting much needed benefits from the disables and demanding the sick and suffering go to work when they are robbing every one of us.

They get a second home, travel expenses, food paid for even a plug fro the bath, not forgetting a de res for the ducks!

Crime only pays if you work in parliament!
The only way crime pays is if you are a thief in parliament, your punishment is promotion, the more you fiddle the more you get away with! It is disgusting that this government are robbing the old and poor, cutting much needed benefits from the disables and demanding the sick and suffering go to work when they are robbing every one of us. They get a second home, travel expenses, food paid for even a plug fro the bath, not forgetting a de res for the ducks! Crime only pays if you work in parliament! runwellian
  • Score: 1

5:13pm Wed 7 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

Look after his chickens, sounds like a **** and bull story or even a load of bull.
Look after his chickens, sounds like a **** and bull story or even a load of bull. John Bull 40
  • Score: 2

6:03pm Wed 7 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

72 thousand a year £72,000, £300 per day, £1500 per week, £6000 per month...
Little wonder he shops in Harrods, just for his larder...
72 thousand a year £72,000, £300 per day, £1500 per week, £6000 per month... Little wonder he shops in Harrods, just for his larder... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 3

7:03pm Wed 7 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

What a sorry end to end the Hanningfield name his dad must be full of pride for his disappointing ****
What a sorry end to end the Hanningfield name his dad must be full of pride for his disappointing **** Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 1

10:07pm Wed 7 May 14

ThisYear says...

Vote the lot out at the next GE
Vote the lot out at the next GE ThisYear
  • Score: 2

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