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Tory peer charged over expenses.

Summary: Lord Taylor of Warwick was accused of false accounting after he was questioned over the parliamentary expenses scandal.

Lord Taylor of Warwick has resigned the Conservative Party whip after being charged with false accounting over the parliamentary expenses scandal.

The Tory peer, whose full name is John David Beckett Taylor, has been summonsed to face six charges. He will appear at City of Westminster magistrates' court on Friday August 13, 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 Au11,000 in overnight subsistence and mileage claims.

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... In total the charges allege a sum in excess of Au11,000 was dishonestly claimed."

Mr Starmer and Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson set up a panel of senior officers and solicitors in May 2009 to consider political expenses cases.

Members of the unit have considered eight files and charged six people - four MPs and two peers - and decided two people should face no further action.

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