Friday, 31 October 2014

Suspended peer to be let back into Lords

A Labour peer who was suspended from Parliament for claiming second home allowances for a housing association property, will be allowed back in the house in April.

Baroness Uddin was one of three peers suspended last year after an inquiry found that they broke expenses rules and wrongly claimed for thousands of pounds.

Baroness Uddin was ordered to repay £125,000 but as yet has not started any payments.

A spokesperson at the House of Lords told Inside Housing that the house was in discussions with Baroness Uddin on how she would repay the money, but admitted the peer could be back in the house by April 2012.

Baroness Uddin was a tenant of Spitalfields Housing Association in Wapping and claimed £29,675 in overnight subsistence allowances in 2007/08 for stays at the London property. She named her main residence as a flat in Maidstone, Kent.

But she reportedly lived in her social home as her main place of residence. Neighbours of her flat in Maidstone said it was unoccupied.

Although her expenses claim for 2007/08 was the first in which she gave any entry for the location of her main residence, Baroness Uddin had been claiming between £15,000 and £24,000 for overnight subsistence since 2001.

Readers' comments (10)

  • One rule for politicians and one for the ordinary people.

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  • Rick Campbell

    C233 and I had a brief exchange about this earlier on a different thread headed "Eviction threat for non-working tenants"

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  • two left foot shoes

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  • Melvin Bone

    Have Labour ejected her from the party yet?

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  • The Baroness appears to have broken several laws and rules. As well as the dishonest expenses claims, it was very much more dishonest and anti social to claim social housing when she had enough money to buy a flat. How can she live with the fact of keeping a needy family out of a home?
    Dishonest, anti social, greedy peers gouging the public purse make a mockery of all the pomp and kow-towing which the House of Lords represents. As for her returning, she should call it quits and count herself extremely fortunate to have escaped a prison sentence.

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  • No surprises here-the British Criminal Justice system does not apply to the HoL, City of London etc

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  • Unbelievable! Some reports say she & her husband own *three* properties. Who says crime doesn't pay? Will she have the brass neck to trundle back to the HoL before repaying her fraudulent expenses? She'll then use her £300 daily attendence fee to repay taxpayers with our own money! Shouldn't be allowed to happen. To quote Lib Dem peer Lord Oakeshott - "If you do not pay your fines, you go to prison".

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  • Alpha One

    She should be given a choice, pay back the £125,000 now, or spend 5 years in Jail for obtaining property by deception, and then pay back the £125,000 PLUS interest and legal costs.

    She has stolen £125,000 from the British tax payer through her dishonesty, that she is not in jail says more about a broken criminal justice system than her culpability.

    Never mind paying us back at £300 per day, she should not be allowed to claim her £300 per day AND have to pay back the £125,000.

    She should also be stripped of her peerage, she is not an honourable person and does not deserve to sit in the HofL.

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  • F451

    It's a good job she didn't whip a Mars bar from Tesco or she'd be serving a life sentance already, and her family would have been evicted!

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  • To whom it may concern

    The Queen should act to remove criminals from her house - I thought this of Lord Archer, and this individual is another example of absolute deliberate and unashamed criminality.

    How can the government expect law and order on the streets when they can not even police themselves properly.

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