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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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Clegg calls for reform of 'problematic' House of Lords

Nick Clegg has called for major reform to the House of Lords in the wake of allegations of expense abuse against a peer who has already been jailed once over his claims.

Nick Clegg has called for major reform to the House of Lords Credit: PA

"A big part of the problem is that, right now, a place in the House of Lords amounts to a job for life," the Deputy Prime Minister wrote in the Daily Mirror. "Unelected peers don't need to seek voters' consent.

"Our Parliament should be the envy of the world: a modern, transparent and democratic institution. Instead it's a relic from the 17th century."

Mr Clegg accepted that the Lib Dems had failed in their drive to secure an elected House of Lords during this Parliament.

But he added: "The British people deserve better. This latest scandal must re-energise our call for change. At the next election, my party's manifesto will once again contain a clear commitment to an elected second chamber."

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