A Tory peer is to go on trial today accused of dishonestly claiming more than £11,000 on House of Lords expenses.
Lord Taylor of Warwick is accused of registering an Oxford property lived in by a distant relative as his main residence so that he could claim expenses on his own home in London.
It meant that the 58-year-old barrister was able to bill the taxpayer for overnight subsistence and mileage only available to those living outside London, when he actually lived in capital, it is alleged.
The peer, whose full name is full name John David Beckett Taylor, faces six counts of false accounting under the 1968 Theft Act for claims amounting to £11,277 between 2006 and 2007. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
His trial is to begin this morning at Southwark Crown Court.
Lord Taylor became the first black Conservative peer when he was appointed to the Lords in 1996.