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Labour MP 'reports peer to police over expenses'

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.

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When can members of the Lords claim £300 allowance?

Members of the House of Lords who are not paid a salary may claim a daily allowance of £300 for "each qualifying day of attendance at Westminster", according to the official parliamentary website.

Allowances and expenses payable to unsalaried peers are linked to their attendance at:

  • Sittings in the chamber of the House when formal business takes place
  • Sittings of the Grand Committee
  • Voting in a division
  • Meetings of committees and sub-committees of the House (providing the Member’s attendance is recorded in the minutes)
  • Meetings as a member of the Board of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Meetings of the Ecclesiastical Committee and the Audit Committee

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