St Albans peer told to apologise

A disgraced Labour peer who lives in St Albans has been ordered to apologise to the House of Lords over his expenses claims. Lord Clarke of Hampstead, 77, confessed to claiming �18,000 a year for overnight stays in London when he either stopped with frien

A disgraced Labour peer who lives in St Albans has been ordered to apologise to the House of Lords over his expenses claims.

Lord Clarke of Hampstead, 77, confessed to claiming �18,000 a year for overnight stays in London when he either stopped with friends or went home to Orchard Drive in Park Street.

He has already repaid expenses of over �9,000 to the House of Lords authorities after a national newspaper carried details of his claims.

But there was not found to be sufficient evidence for police to prosecute even though Lord Clarke is understood to have claimed more than �100,000 since 2001.

The peer always maintained that he was told he was entitled to make the expenses claims, particularly as members of the House of Lords are not paid a salary.

The trade unionist and former chairman of the Labour Party has now been told to apologise for misusing the expenses scheme before Parliament is dissolved.

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