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Hanningfield: Peer spent £286,000 on council credit card

Lord Hanningfield Credit: ITVAnglia

Essex peer Lord Hanningfield spent more than £286,000 on a council credit card over a five-year period according to new figures released today.

Essex County Council published a full list of Lord Hanningfield's credit card spending between 2005 and 2010 as part of its spending review.

The log lists thousands of transactions, including spending on flights, train journeys, meals and hotel stays, while the 71-year-old was leader of the authority.

The peer, from West Hanningfield, Essex, served nine weeks of a nine-month sentence last year after being convicted of falsely claiming £14,000 in parliamentary expenses. He was later ordered to pay back more than £30,000.

This week City of London Police announced it would be taking no further action after investigating his spending at the council, saying there was insufficient evidence.

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