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Former Essex Council leader should repay wrongly claimed expenses

Former Essex County Council leader, Lord Hanningfield Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee said the peer - who was jailed in 2011 over his parliamentary expenses - should face the maximum sanction after he was found to have claimed the allowance for 11 days on which he did no parliamentary work.

The committee says he should be suspended from the House of Lords for the rest of the current Parliament and recommends the former Essex County Council leader repays the £3,300 which he had wrongly claimed.