Lord Hanningfield faces suspension over 'clocking in'

Lord Hanningfield suggested "clocking in" to claim a £300 daily allowance was normal practice in the Lords. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Former Conservative council leader Lord Hanningfield, who was accused of regularly "clocking in" to the House of Lords to claim a £300 daily allowance, is facing suspension from the House of Lords until the end of the current parliament and an order to repay £3,300.

The action against the former Essex County Council leader, who was jailed in 2011 over his parliamentary expenses, was recommended by the Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee.

The committee said Lord Hanningfield should face the maximum punishment after he was found to have claimed the allowance for 11 days on which he did no parliamentary work.