Tory peer jailed for nine months after expenses scandal

A DISGRACED former Tory peer and ex-Essex County Council leader has been jailed today.

A DISGRACED former Tory peer and ex-Essex County Council leader has been jailed today for nine months for fiddling his parliamentary expenses.

Lord Hanningfield, 70, falsely claimed for nearly �14,000 for overnight stays in London when he was not in the capital.

His expenses-fiddling included one occasion in February 2008 when he was actually on board a flight to India.

In May he was found guilty of six counts of false accounting at Chelmsford Crown Court and was sentenced today at Maidstone Crown Court.