Labour lord to quit amid questions over expenses

Lords Chief Whip Lord Bassam of Brighton outside the Houses of Parliament, central London.

A senior Labour lord will resign amid questions about his expenses.

Lord Bassam, the party’s chief whip in the House of Lords, accepted a £36,366 annual allowance to cover the cost of hotel rooms or a second home in London.

However the Mail on Sunday said that rather than using it to cover the costs of a second home in London or hotel bills, Lord Bassam simply made the hour-long train journey between Brighton and the capital.

At the same time the paper said he also claimed about £6,400 a year in expenses for train tickets and cab… Read the full story

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