Britain suspends 3 members in expense scandal

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Posted: Oct 21, 2010 8:21 AM
Britain suspends 3 members in expense scandal

Britain's House of Lords is suspending three members who it found improperly claimed thousands of pounds (dollars) in expenses.

The Privileges and Conduct Committee suspended Pola Uddin, Swraj Paul and Amirali Bhatia after declaring they did not act in good faith in filing their claims. They were ordered to repay amounts ranging from 27,000 pounds ($45,000) to just over 125,000 pounds ($197,000).

Baroness Uddin was suspended until the end of the parliamentary session in 2012. Lords Paul and Bhatia received shorter suspensions.

Leaked documents revealed that hundreds of lawmakers in the previous Parliament used taxpayers' money to fund everything from posh second homes to horse manure. Scores resigned or decided not to run for office again.