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Lord Taylor of Warwick faces six charges of false accounting

16/07/2010

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today announced that John David Beckett Taylor, known as Lord Taylor of Warwick, has been summonsed to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday 13 August to face six charges in relation to claims for parliamentary expenses.

Mr Starmer 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.

"The first charge alleges that, on or about 31 March 2006, Lord Taylor dishonestly submitted claims for overnight subsistence and car mileage stating that his main place of residence was outside London when he did not reside at the address he had given but actually resided in London. The subsequent charges allege that similar claims were made on 3 July 2006, 31 October 2006, 5 April 2007, 2 July 2007 and 31 October 2007.

"In total the charges allege a sum in excess of £11,000 was dishonestly
claimed over this period."

On 15 May 2009, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, agreed to set up a panel of senior police officers and senior prosecuting lawyers to assess a number of complaints made to the Metropolitan Police in relation to parliamentary expense claims. To date, eight files of evidence in relation to eight individuals have been submitted to the CPS for a charging decision. Of those, six cases including that of Lord Taylor have resulted in charges, while in the remaining two the decision was made to take no further action.

Mr Starmer added: "Lord Taylor now stands charged with criminal offences and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice his trial."

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