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Lord Taylor to face expenses charges.

LORD Taylor of Warwick has been accused of false accounting after he was questioned over the parliamentary expenses scandal, it has emerged.

The Tory peer - full name John David Beckett Taylor - has been summonsed to face six charges of false accounting.

He will appear at City of Westminster magistrates' court in August, the Crown Prosecution Service said. The peer is the sixth person to be charged as a result of a Scotland Yard probe into parliamentary expenses.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC said Lord Taylor is accused of dishonestly claiming more than pounds 11,000 in overnight subsistence and mileage.

He said: "Having thoroughly reviewed the eighth file of evidence we have received from the Metropolitan Police in relation to parliamentary expenses, we concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring criminal charges against Lord Taylor.

"Lord Taylor faces six charges under Section 17 of the Theft Act 1968 for false accounting."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "It would not be appropriate to comment on any other cases still being considered."

Lord Taylor of Warwick was made the first black Tory peer in 1996 after an unsuccessful fight for a parliamentery seat in the 1992 general election.

He has been a barrister, an adviser to Cabinet ministers and a television presenter.

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