Essex peer Lord Hanningfield went abroad on council card

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A peer jailed for fiddling expenses spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money on trips to the Bahamas, India and China.

Lord Hanningfield, 71, served nine weeks of a nine-month sentence last year after being convicted of falsely claiming £28,000 in parliamentary expenses.

The council, led by the peer from 2001 until 2010, has published details of his corporate credit card spending. Lord Hanningfield is yet to comment.

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