Lord Sheldon reported to the House of Lords Authorities

 The Sunlight Centre for Open Politics has reported Lord Sheldon to the House of Lords authorities over reports that appeared in the Sunday Times at the weekend. Lord Sheldon  a former treasury minister and chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee is accused of claiming £130,000 of the ‘overnight’ subsistence allowance for a home he previously owned in...
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Response to Lord Rennard Investigations

After writing as to the progress of the House of Lords investigation into Lord Rennard the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics has today received a repsonse from the Clerk of the Parliaments (Michael Pownall). We have been told that Lord Rennard is under investigation by the House of Lords authorities and we will be made aware of the outcome in due course. In our previous correspondence to the...
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Lord Taylor of Warwick claims £70K for ‘phantom’ home

The Sunlight Centre for Open Politics has written and faxed Lord Taylor of Warwick a former barrister and Britain’s first Black peer after the allegations appeared in the the Times over the weekend about him claiming over £70,000 for home in the Midlands between 2001 – 2007 which apparently does not exist.  We are currently awaiting Lord Taylor’s response. It is...
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Lords criticism of expenses reform plan

A House of Lords committee has said that the recent Parliamentary Standards Bill has been drawn up "behind closed doors" and seemed most concerned with "public perception" The government says it is "imperative" that a new independent regulatory body for MPs’ expenses be set up quickly. The Parliamentary Standards Bill cleared its Commons stages last week but...
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