UK jury finds peer guilty of swindling taxpayer of over 11K poundsJanuary 26th, 2011 - 12:35 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan.26 (ANI): The British Conservative Party’s first black peer, Lord Taylor of Warwick, has been found guilty of defrauding the taxpayer of 11,000 pounds in false claims for travel and overnight subsistence.
Lord Taylor, 58, now faces the prospect of going to jail, but will not lose his peerage. A member of the Lords can only lose his title by an act of parliament, the Daily Mail reports.Lord Taylor is the son of Jamaican immigrants who rose from humble beginnings to become a barrister and a member of the Upper House, and has been convicted by the Southwark Crown Court.
He has been accused of registering a house in Oxford as his main residence, enabling him to claim expenses for travel to and from London and for overnight stays in the capital. But in reality, Tristram Wyatt, a university academic who lives with Lord Taylor’s step-nephew Robert Taylor, owned the property.Lord Taylor never stayed at the house in Oxford but continued to live at his home in Ealing, West London, for which he also claimed second home expenses.
Taylor was made a Tory peer four years after unsuccessfully fighting the 1992 general election in Cheltenham, during which he claimed he encountered racist opposition including death threats. (ANI)
- Lord Swraj Paul, Lord Bhatia face suspension from House of Lords over expenses scam - Oct 17, 2010
- Two Indian-origin MPs face suspension from Lords - Oct 17, 2010
- British parliament suspends Swraj Paul, two other MPs - Oct 21, 2010
- Lord Swaraj Paul, two other Asian peers suspended from House of Lords - Oct 21, 2010
- Lord Swaraj Paul being investigated in parliamentary expenses scam - Dec 27, 2009
- Former British MP Illsley pleads guilty to false accounting - Jan 11, 2011
- UK's first female Muslim peer baroness claimed 100K pounds in alowances - Nov 19, 2009
- Indian-origin British MP faces electoral probe - Sep 15, 2011
- Monty Python star Cleese refused peerage to avoid England winter - Apr 17, 2011
- Veteran British politician designs travel seat - Jun 09, 2010
- At 85, veteran British politician turns innovator (Lead) - Jun 09, 2010
- Peerage for Indian tycoon who gave Tories 200,000 pounds - May 27, 2010
- Cameron wants Muslim clerics in Lords - Apr 25, 2011
- UK cop misuses Scotland Yard credit card to buy items from sex shop - Jul 21, 2009
- Butt gets 30-month sentence, Asif one year, Aamer 6 months (Lead) - Nov 03, 2011
Tags: act of parliament, barrister, british conservative party, daily mail, death threats, ealing, going to jail, home expenses, humble beginnings, jamaican immigrants, london jan, lord taylor of warwick, overnight stays, peerage, robert taylor, southwark crown court, tory peer, university academic, upper house, west london