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TORY ON pounds 11K EXES CHARGES; 'Claims on dead mum's home'.

Byline: JASON BEATTIE

A TORY peer is to be prosecuted over a claim that he dishonestly profited from Parliamentary expenses by more than pounds 11,000.

Lord Taylor of Warwick will appear before magistrates next month charged with six counts of false accounting.

He is the sixth parliamentarian to face charges since the expenses scandal broke in May 2009.

The peer, whose full name is John David Beckett Taylor, is accused of dishonestly claiming more than pounds 11,000 in overnight subsistence and mileage.

He will appear at City of Westminster magistrates on August 13. The decision follows claims last August that Lord Taylor, 57, a barrister, had registered his mother's address as his main home six years after her death and the sale of the property. It is alleged that by registering the home in Solihull, West Mids, as his primary residence, he was able to claim second home expenses on his house in Ealing, West London.

The Solihull property was sold in 2001 but Lord Taylor's claims on it are said to have carried on until 2007 A Conservative party spokesman said: "Lord Taylor of Warwick has resigned the Conservative Party whip."

Earlier this year former Labour MPs David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine were charged with theft by false accounting.

Tory peer Lord Hanningfield faces six charges of making dishonest allowance claims.

The four are awaiting the outcome of an appeal against a ruling that they are not protected from prosecution by parliamentary privilege.

A decision is expected later this month.

Also the Barnsley Central Labour MP Eric Illsley is accused of dishonestly claiming more than pounds 20,000 in expenses for his home in London.

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