In 2009, The Sunday Times revealed he claimed £125,000 by designating his wife’s aunt’s house 50 miles away in Kent as his residence so he could claim £174 a night to stay in the capital. The amendments to the Data Protection Bill he and his cronies voted for could stop such a story being reported again — unless MPs kick it out.
The first amendment would see the Government launch a costly Leveson-style inquiry into the Press. The second amendment would mean news outlets sued for alleged data protection breaches would pay the legal costs of accusers — whether they win or lose.
This would sound the death knell for investigative journalism and be a boon for the wealthy, powerful and corrupt.
Is it right that in 2018 the Lords can vote to potentially axe one of the sacred pillars of our democracy?
Baroness Uddin also voted for the amendments. She was ordered to repay £125,000 and suspended for 18 months from the House in 2009 after claiming to be living in Kent while in a Housing Association property in east London.