Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Lord Taylor of Warwick

12 months in jail, ie three months inside, for £11k fiddled. Will he lose his peerage or will he go back to claiming £300 per day? The precedent of Lord Kagan in 1980 who went back to the Lords within six months of completing a ten month sentence, bodes ill. At least the Representation of the People Act 1983 disqualifies Members of House of Commons  jailed for 12 months or longer. The Life Peerages Act 1958 assumes that peers are honest, decent people. As a consequence, the only way to strip a peer of his title is by passing an act of attainder (last done in 1917 against lords fighting for the Hun).

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