Three peer recognition of their claims meet expenses suspension from the House of Lords

>> Sunday, October 17, 2010

The trio - two Labour peers and a counselor-cons - must be officially registered in a statement of confidence 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 expelled from the House of Lords for between one and 18 months, and agreed to £ 125,000 to pay costs claimed incorrectly .

Lord Paul, another Labour peer and a major party donor, was recommended for a stay of four to six months and agreed to pay £ 40,000.

Lord Bhatia, who serves as advisor-cons, but has also given money to Labour, faces a suspension of six to 12 months and volunteered to pay £ 27,000.

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

Last night one of the trio is ready for the results of the survey and recommendations on sanctions to talk - now the House of Lords, sent to voice. However, a source close to the investigation, said: "It looks very serious for them."

The investigation follows a series of complaints and questions about the allegations of abuse of the system of spending in the House of Lords, who will make a "night" allowance of £ 174 included the cost of staying to cover London if a member of the "main residence" was outside the M25.

Lady Uddin, who was born in Bangladesh and has become counselor to the east of London, told the authorities of the House that his main home was a property in Maidstone, Kent, in spite of another house in London.

Neighbouring Property Kent said they rarely saw her there.

In March, she said she would not be prosecuted over claims that a total of at least 100,000 pounds. She has "emphatically denied" that she had never lived in a flat in Maidstone.

Lord Paul, a steel tycoon of Indian origin who donated through his company more than £ 400,000 for work and was close to Gordon Brown, is supposed to have paid about £ 38,000. He admitted that he never spent a night in a dish, Oxford, he registered as his principal residence, while claiming the money in hosting fees for a London property.

One of the richest men in Britain with a fortune estimated at 500 million pounds sterling, he said in the past: "The question is, what are the rules? I know I have the rules." It was in March he would not face criminal charges.

Lord Bhatia, his own finance company, a £ 1,500,000 house in the south-west London, but in 2007 he "returned" the designation of principal residence in two rooms in Reigate, Surrey, by his brother just had. Reigate is just off the M25, the limit used to define the qualifications for expenses.

Times, he was not the address of the property to it as his principal residence appointed to remember. He claims that he acted within the rules as he thought the apartment was her primary residence.

Conservative peer Lord Hanningfield, who also claims expenses face is charged with offenses under section 17 of the Act on the run on the false accounting for housing programs. He protested his innocence and vowed to participate in the cost.

Lord Taylor of Warwick, a former Tory peer, the party whip has resigned, has pleaded not guilty at Southwark Crown Court of six charges of false accounting in connection with claims that would have been dishonest to £ 24,300 cost of living.

Last year, two Labour peers - Lord Taylor of Blackburn and Lord Truscott - were expelled from the House of Lords for six months for misconduct, the first such action since the 17th century. They were found by a committee of the Lord was willing to legislate changes in exchange for cash.

A spokesman for the House last night he could not comment on the latest revelations about Lady Uddin, Lord Paul and Lord Bhatia.

The House of Lords expenses system was reorganized in June this year after the former was discredited by a number of high profile abuse.

Under the old rules, peers could claim £ 86.50 for "living day and £ 75 for office expenses for each day they worked. Dating outside London can also claim £ 174 to stay in the capital on a work night.

The new system will allow all peers in a lump sum payment of £ 300 per day to claim for "show" to Parliament. Critics said it could be open to abuse because it offers no protection against peers "of the signature and hill."

Under the new regime on a proposal from the Senior Salaries Review Board last November, no receipt or proof of a second home or hotel accommodation is based, will be required to pay claim. The scheme is supported by the Coalition and labor. Lord Strathclyde, leader of the House of Lords, said he would set "clarity and simplicity"


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