Monday, 17 January 2011

Top Tory Peer On Trial For Fraud

"Goodbye John" and "Put him in jail" they shouted as a top Tory peer arrived at Southwark Crown Court today, to go on trial accused of dishonestly claiming more than £11,000 in House of Lords expenses.

Lord Taylor of Warwick, full name John David Beckett Taylor, is accused of registering an Oxford property lived in by a distant relative as his main residence so that he could claim expenses on his own home in London.

It is alleged that the 58-year-old barrister billed the taxpayer for £11,277 in overnight subsistence and mileage when he actually lived in London.

Taylor stood unsuccessfully for the Conservatives in the 1992 general election in Cheltenham, losing to the Liberal Democrats in a campaign influenced by the issue of race. He was made a life peer in 1996.

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