Disgraced peer Lord Hanningfield won a landmark victory today in a damages claim against Essex Police. He was awarded £3,500 in damages.
No further action will be taken against Lord Hanningfield following a second investigation into expenses fraud.
Lord Hanningfield speaks to Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson on his return to Parliament.
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.
Essex peer Lord Hanningfield, who was jailed for fraudulently claiming parliamentary expenses, has been ordered to pay back over £37,000 or face jail.
A judge at Southwark Crown Court ordered the former leader of Essex County Council to pay it back within six months or face 15 months in jail.
He served nine weeks of a nine-month sentence last year after being found guilty of falsely claiming parliamentary expenses.
The former Essex County Council leader, who was jailed last year for fiddling his parliamentary expenses, is suing Essex Police.
Lord Hanningfield is seeking £3000 in damages for unlawful arrest and detention, £1,500 for trespass and a further £2000 to cover his expenses and legal fees.
He is still under investigation over allegations he fraudulently claimed expenses while he was council leader.