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Could Lib Dem MP have made allegations against Lord Hanningfield?

July 4, 2009 by  

From the East Anglian Daily Times (EADT) here

ESSEX County Council leader Lord Hanningfield was yesterday reported to be under investigation after allegations that he may have wrongly claimed thousands of pounds in parliamentary expenses.

But the peer insisted he had done nothing improper and said a Liberal Democrat MP determined to blacken his name had made a groundless complaint to the police.

Mr Russell said he took Lord Hanningfield’s claims about a Lib Dem MP to be a reference to himself.

He refused to confirm whether he had made a complaint to police about the peer, but said: “I have drawn to the attention of various authorities matters which I think are of concern which need looking at.”

On allegations he was attempting to smear the peer, he said: “He’s entitled to say what he wants.

My job is to unearth the facts as I understand them and present them to the appropriate bodies to look at.”

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