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Disgraced UK Tory Peer Faces Jail

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TEHRAN, June 1 (ICANA) – A disgraced former member of Britain's House of Lords will end up in jail for fiddling his parliamentary expenses to claim more than £11,000 from the taxpayer.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 9:53:14 PM
Disgraced UK Tory Peer Faces Jail

The 58-year-old Conservative peer is the latest in a multiple number of British lawmakers who have been convicted of fraud over fiddling their expenses.

Lord Taylor of Warwick is convicted of falsely filing for travel and overnight subsistence and will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court, British media reported.

In his testimony to the House of Lords members' expenses office, he said his main residence was a house in Oxford, when in fact he lived in west London.

The peer never stayed in and only rarely visited the Oxford property, which was owned by his half-nephew's partner, and so he was not entitled to claim money for travelling from there to London and staying overnight in the capital.

Lord Taylor was the first parliamentarian to stand trial and be found guilty by a jury over an expenses scandal.

He was convicted in January of six counts of false accounting for making £11,277.80-worth of fraudulent claims between March 2006 and October 2007.

Lord Taylor, who became the first black Conservative peer when he took his seat in the House of Lords in 1996, is set to remain a member of the Upper House despite his conviction.

Although successive ministers have proposed reforms so errant peers could be expelled, there is currently no way of removing them other than passing an Act of Parliament.

Four former Labour MPs -- David Chaytor, Eric Illsley, Jim Devine and Elliot Morley -- have already received prison terms for fiddling their parliamentary expenses.

Another Conservative peer, Lord Hanningfield, will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court next month after he was found guilty last week of fraudulently claiming nearly £14,000 in his Lords expenses.

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