Expenses scandal: three face suspension from House of Lords

Three peers investigated over their expenses claims face suspension from the House of Lords and repayment of tens of thousands of pounds, The Sunday Telegraph has learned

The trio – two Labour peers and a cross-bencher – are expected to be officially recommended for censure in a statement tomorrow by the House of Lords authorities.

Baroness Uddin, a Labour peer and the first Muslim woman to be appointed to the upper house, is set to be suspended from the Lords for between a year and 18 months, and has agreed to pay back £125,000 in wrongly claimed expenses.

Lord Paul, another Labour peer and a major party donor, has been recommended for a suspension of between four and six months and has agreed to pay back £40,000.

Lord Bhatia, who sits as a cross-bencher but has also donated money to Labour, faces a ban of between six and 12 months and is to repay voluntarily £27,000.

All three were investigated by the subcommittee on Lords’ interests, a powerful body in the upper house chaired by Baroness Manningham-Buller, the former head of MI5. Lord Paul and Lady Uddin were referred to the committee after criminal investigations into their cases were dropped.

Last night none of the trio was prepared to comment on the results of the investigation and its recommendations on punishments – which will now be passed to the House of Lords to vote on. However, a source close to the investigation said: “This looks extremely serious for them.”

Read on: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/8068821/Expenses-scandal-three-face-suspension-from-House-of-Lords.html




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