Tory peers jailed for fiddling now face Lords ban

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Expenses cheats Lord Taylor of Warwick and Lord Hanningfield face being suspended from the House of Lords for the same period as their prison sentences.

The disgraced former Conservative peers were freed from jail in September after serving only a quarter of their terms for fiddling their parliamentary expenses.

The House of Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee yesterday recommended that Lord Taylor of Warwick was suspended from the House for 12 months while Lord Hanningfield should face a nine month ban.

If approved by peers, the suspensions would run from the date they were sentenced.

Lord Taylor, 58, was jailed for 12 months in May for fraudulently claiming more than £11,000 in taxpayers’ money. An investigation by the independent Lords Commissioner for Standards found that he wrongly claimed £24,311.70. He has repaid the amount in full.

Under yesterday’s recommendation, he would return to the upper chamber at the end of next May. The Birmingham-born former barrister became the first black Conservative peer when he took his seat in the House of Lords in 1996.

Lord Hanningfield, 70, received a nine-month sentence in July after falsely claiming £13,379 in parliamentary expenses for overnight stays in London when he was not in the capital, including one occasion when he was on board a flight to India. So far, the former pig farmer has repaid £1,800.