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Lord Taylor Before The Courts

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Former Tory peer Lord Taylor, 58, denies six charges of false accounting, over expenses claims amounting to £11,277 made in 2006 and 2007.

The trial at Southwark Crown Court has already heard Lord Taylor submitted claims for mileage and subsistence stating his main home was in Oxford.

But the prosecution says he lied on the forms, had no legal or financial interest in the Oxford property and that he lived in Ealing, west London.

Defending, Mohammed Khamisa QC, told jurors on Monday that Lord Taylor was not a wealthy hereditary peer and had given up his job as a barrister.

He said: "You will hear that others with whom he worked, other peers he spoke to, had all told him that what he was doing was acceptable."

He added: "Peers in the House of Lords are not paid a salary but an allowance system is in existence, since about 1958, enabling those like John Taylor, who don't come from a hereditary background, to claim expenses.

"And by 2006, by the time John Taylor was in the House of Lords, they had evolved a system where new peers were encouraged to claim the maximum allowance because it was recognised that if you were going to ask people to give up their day jobs, they have to be compensated in another way."

He said peers treated expenses "as something in lieu of a salary".

"He didn't consider it dishonest. He didn't consider it misleading or untrue. It was commonplace."

Quite obvious they intend to let him walk.....

To do anything else means they will have to investigate and prosecute everyone else in the Lords who has 'been at it'...

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The account of the trial proceedings today is in my local Dorset paper.

Yet nothing on the BBC website.

BBC seem to be soft-pedalling this story as much as they can

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