Leader of the Lords' 'dismay' over clocking in row

The leader of the Lords said he felt "dismay" over reports that a peer who was jailed for expenses fraud had regularly "clocked in" for a brief period of time to claim a £300 daily attendance allowance.

Lord Hanningfield has defended regularly "clocking in" to claim a £300 daily attendance. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive

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Lord Hill of Oareford told peers: "[I feel] dismay about the behaviour and dismay about the shadow it casts over the whole House".

In a short statement, he added that steps would be taken to "deal with the small number of members whose behaviour falls below the standards we rightly expect".

Lord Hill of Oareford's comment came after Lord Hanningfield - who served nine weeks of a nine-month sentence in 2011 for falsely claiming £28,000 in parliamentary expenses - said it was normal practice and claimed as many as 50 others did the same.

There is no suggestion that the former Conservative broke any rules.

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A Labour MP says he has reported peer Lord Hanningfield to the police over allegations related to his parliamentary expenses. Hanningfield was accused of clocking in and out of the House of Lords to claim a £300 daily allowance.