Lord Hanningfield Questioned Over Expenses Claims

Lord Hanningfield(Telegraph) – SCOTLAND YARD IS INVESTIGATING LORD HANNINGFIELD, a Conservative peer and leader of Essex County Council, who claimed £100,000 over seven years for staying in London despite living just 46 miles from the capital, The Daily Telegraph disclosed today.

Lord Hanningfield, a frontbencher in the House of Lords, is being investigated over whether he was returning to his home in Essex while claiming ‘overnight allowances’ for staying in London.

The leader of Essex County Council has a full-time chauffeur provided by the local authority at taxpayers’ expense. Records held by the Lords authorities show that the 68-year-old life peer claimed £17,120 for staying in London for the year ended March 2008, the last year for which figures are available.

He lives in West Hanning­field, near Chelmsford. Detectives want to establish whether he stayed in London on the days he claimed to have done, and not at his home.

Lord Hanningfield is one of three peers and two MPs being investigated by the police in the wake of the parliamentary expenses scandal, The Telegraph reports. The others are Lord Clarke of Hampstead, a former Labour Party chairman, Baroness Uddin, a Labour peer, as well as Elliot Morley and David Chaytor, the two Labour MPs who claimed for ‘phantom’ mortgages.

Lord Hanningfield blamed a ‘vindictive campaign against me’ and insisted he could justify all of his expenses claims. He said: ‘I work extremely hard on the front bench and am satisfied that I can account for my expenses.’

As leader of Essex County Council, Lord Hanningfield claimed expenses of £59,110 in 2006-07 — including £36,030 as leader; £5,319 for travel; and £7,466 for fares and subsistence.

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