A Conservative peer accused of fiddling his parliamentary expenses claimed for accommodation when he had in fact been on a plane to India, a court has heard.
Lord Hanningfield, 70, is appearing before Chelmsford Crown Court accused of six charges of false accounting between March 2006 and May 2009.
Prosecutor Clare Montgomery QC accused him of claiming for hotels in London when he had returned to his Essex home.
The former leader of Essex County Council was charged in February last year. He was suspended from the Parliamentary Conservative Party and stood down as a frontbench business spokesman in the House of Lords and as leader of Essex County Council.
My comment: I wonder if Essex County Council ever checked his expense claims?
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