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Council calls for money to be paid back

Lord Hanningfield Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Leader of Essex County Council has called on the former council leader Lord Hanningfield to do the right thing and pay back money the council says he owes Essex taxpayers.

The council has decided not to pursue legal action to recover nearly £51,000 from Lord Hanningfield.

But Cllr David Finch said he was still angry and frustrated at the situation and called on Lord Hanningfield to repay the money.

Hanningfield has previously served a jail sentence for fiddling his Parliamentary expenses.