Ealing Tory Peer Appears in Court
Charged with making false expense claims
A jury has heard that Ealing based Conservative peer Lord Taylor of Warwick, made "false, deceptive" expense claims amounting to £11,277.
Lord Taylor has gone on trial at Southwark Crown Court and denies six counts of false accounting.
The court heard that the charges relate to claims made between March 2006 and October 2007.
Lord Taylor sent the claims to the members' expenses section of the House of Lords finance department and the money was paid. Prosecutor Helen Law said he claimed for mileage and subsistence on the basis that his main home was in Oxford - but really lived in Lynwood Road, Ealing.
Lord Taylor, 58, who joined the Lords in 1996, resigned the Conservative Party whip soon after being charged.
Jurors in the case have been warned to try the case on the evidence and ignore anything they heard or read outside the courtroom - in the press or on the internet.
Judge Mr Justice Saunders told them: "This is a case on which almost everyone will have a view they wish to express.
"Do not announce on Facebook or Twitter that you are on this jury, as you will simply invite comment, and do not reveal your impression of the case."
The case continues
18th January 2011