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Allowances-row peer suspended

Peers have suspended former Conservative council leader Lord Hanningfield from the House of Lords for the rest of the current Parliament over his claims for allowances.

The recommendation from the Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee to give the peer the maximum sanction after he was found to have claimed a £300 allowance for 11 days on which he did no parliamentary work was agreed without a vote.

Lord Hanningfield - who was jailed in 2011 for a separate abuse of his expenses - has also been ordered to repay the £3,300 which he had wrongly claimed.

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