CONVICTED fraudster Lord Hanningfield reportedly faces being suspended from the House of Lords over allegations related to his parliamentary expenses.

The former Tory leader of Essex County Council, who was jailed in 2011 for abuse of expenses, has defended his right to regularly claim a £300 daily attendance allowance, despite reportedly spending little time in Parliament.

A national newspaper reported the Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee was set to recommend suspending him from Parliament until the next general election and ordering him to repay some of the money he claimed.

It follows an investigation by the newspaper, which found on 11 of the 19 days that reporters monitored Lord Hanningfield’s movements, in July last year, he spent less than 40 minutes in the Lords after “clocking in’’ with an official in the chamber before returning to his home in West Hanningfield.