ANOTHER unelected lord has been caught out over his expenses.

Lord Steve Bassam – nicknamed “Lord Swampy”, is Labour’s Chief Whip in the Lords, has claimed £260,000 since 2010 for a second home that he has never had.

He has also claimed £41,000 for travelling expenses between his Brighton home and Westminster, and he has now agreed to pay this back.

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His post as Chief Whip is to maintain discipline among Labour peers. He should have had a word with himself. This is just greed.

If he has to pay back the larger amount to the taxpayer will his family have to visit a food bank?

Sadly we constantly hear that these indiscretions, as shown by the “Paradise Papers” on avoiding paying taxes, are within the rules.

But whose rules?

I hope that this case is not put to bed within the next few days. I recall how quickly Lester Piggott lost his knighthood for his avoidance of taxes.

David Johnson, Bishop Auckland