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Lord Taylor found guilty of expenses fraud – The Guardian

“Lord Taylor of Warwick today became the first peer to be convicted in connection with the parliamentary expenses investigation, when a jury found him guilty of dishonestly claiming £11,277 in allowances.”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Three peers suspended from Lords over expenses claims – BBC News

“Three peers have been suspended from the Lords for wrongly claiming expenses totalling tens of thousands of pounds.”

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BBC News, 21st October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

House of Lords suspends three from parliament in expenses clampdown – The Guardian

“Three peers were today suspended from parliament – the toughest punishment enacted in the House of Lords in modern times – after an inquiry found that each had broken expenses rules to wrongly claim tens of thousands of pounds.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

House of Lords transformation plans leaked – The Guardian

“The House of Lords should become a second chamber where just two-thirds of members are elected until fresh primary legislation in 10 years’ time decides whether all peers should be elected, according to a document drawn up by the government.”

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The Guardian, 19th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lords watchdog to investigate peer’s expenses – The Guardian

“A House of Lords standards watchdog is to look into a complaint over the expenses of former Labour chairman Lord Clarke of Hampstead, it was announced today.”

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The Guardian, 9th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Tories evasive over Ashcroft tax status, says watchdog – The Guardian

“The Conservative leadership is today accused of being ‘evasive and obfuscatory’ over the tax status of Lord Ashcroft, the party’s deputy chairman and biggest donor, in a ruling by the information commissioner that sharply criticises the secrecy over where he is resident for tax purposes.”

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The Guardian, 1st February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Peers to be forced by law to pay taxes in the UK – or quit Parliament by Autumn – Daily Telegraph

“All peers will have to relinquish their ‘non-domiciled’ tax status and become UK taxpayers if they want to remain in Parliament, under a new Government law.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Peers who fail to pay taxes could face jail – Daily Telegraph

“A series of amendments to the Constitutional Reform Bill, which is currently before the Commons, have been tabled which would force peers to be domiciled in the United Kingdom for tax purposes.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

MPs with questionable claims to be barred from Lords – Daily Telegraph

“MPs with questionable expenses claims will be barred from taking a seat in the House of Lords if they choose to stand down before the election.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ex-peers ‘blocked from being MPs’ – BBC News

“Jack Straw is to amend plans allowing life peers to resign from the House of Lords, to stop them standing as an MP for up to five years, it is reported.”

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BBC News, 27th August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

House of Lords ‘unfinished business’ – Ministry of Justice

“Reform of the House of Lords is ‘unfinished business’ and a fundamental part of restoring trust in politics, Jack Straw said today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 26th August 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

House of Lords reforms will remove hereditary principle – Ministry of Justice

“Reforms unveiled today by Jack Straw as part of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill will remove the hereditary principle from the House of Lords and allow for the disqualification of peers found guilty of serious criminal offences.”

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Ministry of Justice, 20th July 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Peers line up to block House of Lords reforms – The Independent

“Plans to turn the House of Lords into an elected chamber could be blocked by overwhelming opposition among peers, research for The Independent has revealed.”

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The Independent, 20th July 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lords in sleaze row could lose their peerages – Daily Telegraph

“Peers will be expelled from the House of Lords if they break the law under new powers being proposed in the wake of the cash for amendments controversy.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th March 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Archer and Black could escape Lords ban – The Independent

“Peers already found guilty of serious criminal offences could escape expulsion from the House of Lords because a proposed ban might not be retrospective.”

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The Independent, 2nd February 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Senior Met officer to review Lords corruption claims – The Guardian

“John Yates, the Scotland Yard assistant commissioner who headed the ‘cash for honours’  inquiry, is to review whether four Labour peers should face a police inquiry, it was announced yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 30th January 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Solicitor accused of aiding ‘bogus’ trade in feudal titles – The Times

“A solicitor was accused yesterday of being at the centre of a dishonest trade in bogus feudal titles sold to Americans and other foreigners.”

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The Times, 19th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Propriety and honours and propriety and peerages – Ministry of Justice

“The document contains the government’s response to each of the recommendations made by the Public Administration Committee following its enquiry into whether the system of scrutiny for propriety of honours and peerages for political services was satisfactory.”

Propriety and Honours and Propriety and Peerages (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 16th May 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Ministers to delay reform of honours system – The Guardian

“Ministers will publish a white paper on Lords reform in the spring following today’s damning parliamentary report into the ‘cash for honours’ scandal.”

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The Guardian, 19th December 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Honours system damned by Westminster inquiry – The Guardian

“Gordon Brown will be asked by a powerful committee of MPs tomorrow to immediately introduce fundamental reforms for the appointment of peers following the ‘cash for honours’ scandal that has dogged the Labour party for almost two years.”

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The Guardian, 18th December 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Evidence in honours inquiry ‘not revealed’ ‘hidden’ in probe – The Independent

“The ‘most significant’ evidence discovered by police during the cash-for-honours inquiry has not been revealed to the public, according to an official report by one of the senior investigators in the case.”

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The Independent, 15th November 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

MPs resume cash-for-honours inquiry – The Guardian

“The long-running cash-for-honours controversy threatens to come back and haunt Gordon Brown today when MPs resume their inquiry into the affair.”

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The Guardian, 11th October 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Honours investigation ends with no charges against Tory donors – The Guardian

“No one will face charges over donations to the Conservative party in the cash-for-honours investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 10th October 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs want Blair to give evidence in reopened honours inquiry – The Guardian

“Tony Blair should give evidence to a reopened cash for honours inquiry by MPs in the autumn, members of the Commons public administration committee demanded at a private session yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 25th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Four more names emerge in cash for honours case – The Guardian

“Detectives in the cash for honours investigation seized a draft list of people Labour wanted to nominate for peerages which showed all those put forward had loaned the party millions of pounds, sources confirmed yesterday. The list shows that the government had considered offering peerages to eight businessmen. Until now only four had been known about.”

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Levy looks to sue police over wrongful arrest – Daily Telegraph

“The three main suspects officially cleared yesterday of any wrongdoing in the cash for honours investigation are considering retaliatory action against the police as the backlash began against Scotland Yard’s conduct of the marathon inquiry.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

No one to face charges in cash for honours inquiry – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service has told Scotland Yard that no charges will be brought against the three people arrested in the cash for honours inquiry, bringing to an end a 16-month inquiry that cost £800,000 and rocked the Labour party.”

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The Guardian, 20th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS has ‘all evidence it needs’ in honours case – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service said today it had ‘all the evidence we need to make a decision’ on whether to bring charges in the cash-for-honours affair.”

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Guardian, 6th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attorney may not decide over ‘cash for peerages’ – The Times

“The Attorney-General may have to step aside from the key decision on whether there will be a prosecution over ‘cash for peerages’ under the constitutional reforms outlined yesterday.”

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The Times, 4th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Met reveals £750k cash for honours inquiry bill – The Guardian

“Scotland Yard revealed yesterday that the police investigation into the cash-for-honours affair has cost more than £750,000 as two key figures were bailed again in connection with the allegations.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS to reopen cash for honours investigation – Daily Telegraph

“Detectives have been instructed to reopen their inquiries in the cash for honours investigation which has engulfed Downing Street”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘More inquiries’ in honours probe – BBC News

“The Crown Prosecution Service has asked cash-for-honours probe police to ‘undertake further inquiries’.”

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BBC News, 4th June 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law chief refuses to give up crucial say on honours inquiry – The Times

“Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney-General, insisted yesterday that he would not give up his power to have the final say on whether prosecutions are brought in the cash-for-honours inquiry.”

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The Times, 23rd April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police hand cash-for-honours file to CPS – The Guardian

“Detectives investigating the cash-for-honours allegations have finished their inquiries and today handed a dossier to the Crown Prosecution Service.”

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The Guardian, 20th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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