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Lord Hanningfield told trial date

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The former leader of Essex County Council, Lord Hanningfield (Con), will be the third politician to be tried on charges arising from the parliamentary expenses investigation, it has been agreed.

Lord Hanningfield

Lord Hanningfield - Paul White, left - will go into court on 13 December.

Four MPs, Lord Hanningfield and another peer will be tried in separate trials at Southwark Crown Court in London from next month until February.

They all deny the charges.

Former Labour MP for Scunthorpe Elliot Morley will be the first to be tried on 22 November.

David Chaytor, the former Bury North Labour MP, is due to stand trial on 6 December.

The trials continue in the new year with former Barnsley Central Labour MP Eric Illsley on 10 January.

A week later, on 17 January, Lord Taylor of Warwick, a former Tory peer, will be tried.

The final trial, expected to begin around 2 February, will be of Jim Devine, former Labour MP for Livingston.

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