Lord Hanningfield jailed

Former Tory peer and ex-leader of Essex County Council, Lord Hanningfield, was today jailed for 9 months for fiddling his parliamentary expenses.

Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:

"It is good to see justice done and Lord Hanningfield sent to jail for abusing his expenses. He needed to go to prison to make it clear that ripping off taxpayers is a serious offence, and that no one is above the law when they falsify accounts. Hopefully this can be an important step towards restoring public trust and other expenses cheats will also face justice."

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