Credit card spending for Lord Hanningfield revealed

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Lord Hanningfield on his release from jail after he was convicted of fraud over his parliamentary expenses Lord Hanningfield on his release from jail after he was convicted of fraud over his parliamentary expenses

CREDIT card spending by Lord Hanningfield has been published by County Hall - revealing he spent nearly £300,000 in five years.

City of London Police announced on Tuesday they were dropping a criminal investigation into the former Essex County Council leader's expenses and credit card spending.

The move prompted council chiefs to publish full details of Lord Hanningfield's spending online.

Council leader Peter Martin said: "The conclusion of the police investigation now means we are in a position to publish further information relating to Lord Hanningfield’s corporate credit card. We are committed to being open and transparent and I am pleased that we are now able to make this information available for the public to view."

For full analysis and details of his spending see Friday's Gazette.

Comments (14)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:13pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Feisty CBC says...

Which equates to around £5k per month.
A truly staggering amount. That credit card must have been constantly red hot with the amount of times it was swiped.
Which equates to around £5k per month. A truly staggering amount. That credit card must have been constantly red hot with the amount of times it was swiped. Feisty CBC
  • Score: 0

3:09pm Thu 15 Nov 12

TheCaptain says...

At least he must have had a lot of air miles
At least he must have had a lot of air miles TheCaptain
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Boris says...

Are we to assume that the present leader of the council spends a similar amount on his ECC credit card?
But the important issue is not how much is spent, but what it is spent on, and how it is justified on expenses claims.
Are we to assume that the present leader of the council spends a similar amount on his ECC credit card? But the important issue is not how much is spent, but what it is spent on, and how it is justified on expenses claims. Boris
  • Score: 0

5:22pm Thu 15 Nov 12

crazy comments says...

I would make the B-stard pick up litter every day down the A12 with a board strapped to him saying im the CON MAN from Essex county council.
I would make the B-stard pick up litter every day down the A12 with a board strapped to him saying im the CON MAN from Essex county council. crazy comments
  • Score: 1

6:41pm Thu 15 Nov 12

roger bacon says...

The problem is not Lord Hanningfield, it is the whole system of local government
How many councillor are there just for the money and expenses and how many really want to improve society. There are masses of people employed by local councils who are quite frankly getting money by false pretences.
The problem is not Lord Hanningfield, it is the whole system of local government How many councillor are there just for the money and expenses and how many really want to improve society. There are masses of people employed by local councils who are quite frankly getting money by false pretences. roger bacon
  • Score: 0

8:05pm Thu 15 Nov 12

RB, Lexden says...

The following story,dated June 21,2012 appears on the Taxpayers' Alliance website: ' Essex County Council
spend £5 million on nightclubs,pizzas,
luxury hotels and DVD rentals.
Essex County Council staff spent more
than £5.1 million on their taxpayer-funded credit cards in just over two years.In their on-going 'war on waste'
the Brentwood Gazette have delved into the credit card statements of their
county council and uncovered a massive number of profligate purchases,all at taxpayers' expense.
The purchases made between
December 2009 and April 2012,include luxury hotels,
DVD rentals,cinema tickets,tenpin bowling and takeaway pizzas.Local
residents are naturally demanding an explanation from their council as to how the spending increased from
£220,000 between December 2009
and March 2010 to £2,700,000 in
2011-2012.Here is an extract of their spending:

More than £6000 was spent on 24
trips to Thorpe Park

McDonalds was visited ninety nine times where a total of £1,699 was spent

More than £3600 was spent on fifty visits to Domino's Pizza

4,750 visits to Tesco's cost more than
£340,000

206 visits to Marks and Spencer cost
more than £28,000

Six transactions at the luxurious
Taj Lands End hotel in Mumbai
cost taxpayers more than £1300,
where famous guests have included
Pierce Brosnan,Bryan Adams and
Gordon Brown.

Two council employees stayed at the
five star Dorchester Hotel in London
which cost £1405.

Ten transactions at Blockbuster DVD
rentals cost a staggering £537

Essex County Council insist they have a 'robust policy relating to spending
on purchase cards and all
purchase card holders must be given
authorisation by a senior manager. to carry out such transactions.'

The number of cards in use at
Essex County Council has increased
from 259 to 757 since December
2009.















:
The following story,dated June 21,2012 appears on the Taxpayers' Alliance website: ' Essex County Council spend £5 million on nightclubs,pizzas, luxury hotels and DVD rentals. Essex County Council staff spent more than £5.1 million on their taxpayer-funded credit cards in just over two years.In their on-going 'war on waste' the Brentwood Gazette have delved into the credit card statements of their county council and uncovered a massive number of profligate purchases,all at taxpayers' expense. The purchases made between December 2009 and April 2012,include luxury hotels, DVD rentals,cinema tickets,tenpin bowling and takeaway pizzas.Local residents are naturally demanding an explanation from their council as to how the spending increased from £220,000 between December 2009 and March 2010 to £2,700,000 in 2011-2012.Here is an extract of their spending: More than £6000 was spent on 24 trips to Thorpe Park McDonalds was visited ninety nine times where a total of £1,699 was spent More than £3600 was spent on fifty visits to Domino's Pizza 4,750 visits to Tesco's cost more than £340,000 206 visits to Marks and Spencer cost more than £28,000 Six transactions at the luxurious Taj Lands End hotel in Mumbai cost taxpayers more than £1300, where famous guests have included Pierce Brosnan,Bryan Adams and Gordon Brown. Two council employees stayed at the five star Dorchester Hotel in London which cost £1405. Ten transactions at Blockbuster DVD rentals cost a staggering £537 Essex County Council insist they have a 'robust policy relating to spending on purchase cards and all purchase card holders must be given authorisation by a senior manager. to carry out such transactions.' The number of cards in use at Essex County Council has increased from 259 to 757 since December 2009. : RB, Lexden
  • Score: 0

10:33pm Thu 15 Nov 12

historyman22 says...

Please all wake up to the simple truth here.

He is simply a very obvious (and rather local) 'fall-guy', that fell from a very well established government gravy train.

This spending and entertaining service consists only of 'branch-lines' here.

The service runs onward to London, whereupon it morphs into the 'Super Euro-Gravy-Train.'

Apparently, once a frequent traveller with this 'club,' if you want to travel first class on the service, you only need buy a standard class ticket!

I am not defending him, nor the system.

Just remember though:

A corrupt individual in an honest system is soon weeded out.

An honest person, in a corupt system is also, perhaps even more quickly, weeded out!

You can of course, all decide for yourselves, which of these cases applies where our own local government is concerned!
Please all wake up to the simple truth here. He is simply a very obvious (and rather local) 'fall-guy', that fell from a very well established government gravy train. This spending and entertaining service consists only of 'branch-lines' here. The service runs onward to London, whereupon it morphs into the 'Super Euro-Gravy-Train.' Apparently, once a frequent traveller with this 'club,' if you want to travel first class on the service, you only need buy a standard class ticket! I am not defending him, nor the system. Just remember though: A corrupt individual in an honest system is soon weeded out. An honest person, in a corupt system is also, perhaps even more quickly, weeded out! You can of course, all decide for yourselves, which of these cases applies where our own local government is concerned! historyman22
  • Score: 0

10:45pm Thu 15 Nov 12

mirokou says...

RB, Lexden wrote:
The following story,dated June 21,2012 appears on the Taxpayers' Alliance website: ' Essex County Council
spend £5 million on nightclubs,pizzas,
luxury hotels and DVD rentals.
Essex County Council staff spent more
than £5.1 million on their taxpayer-funded credit cards in just over two years.In their on-going 'war on waste'
the Brentwood Gazette have delved into the credit card statements of their
county council and uncovered a massive number of profligate purchases,all at taxpayers' expense.
The purchases made between
December 2009 and April 2012,include luxury hotels,
DVD rentals,cinema tickets,tenpin bowling and takeaway pizzas.Local
residents are naturally demanding an explanation from their council as to how the spending increased from
£220,000 between December 2009
and March 2010 to £2,700,000 in
2011-2012.Here is an extract of their spending:

More than £6000 was spent on 24
trips to Thorpe Park

McDonalds was visited ninety nine times where a total of £1,699 was spent

More than £3600 was spent on fifty visits to Domino's Pizza

4,750 visits to Tesco's cost more than
£340,000

206 visits to Marks and Spencer cost
more than £28,000

Six transactions at the luxurious
Taj Lands End hotel in Mumbai
cost taxpayers more than £1300,
where famous guests have included
Pierce Brosnan,Bryan Adams and
Gordon Brown.

Two council employees stayed at the
five star Dorchester Hotel in London
which cost £1405.

Ten transactions at Blockbuster DVD
rentals cost a staggering £537

Essex County Council insist they have a 'robust policy relating to spending
on purchase cards and all
purchase card holders must be given
authorisation by a senior manager. to carry out such transactions.'

The number of cards in use at
Essex County Council has increased
from 259 to 757 since December
2009.















:
Well reported..Good on you
[quote][p][bold]RB, Lexden[/bold] wrote: The following story,dated June 21,2012 appears on the Taxpayers' Alliance website: ' Essex County Council spend £5 million on nightclubs,pizzas, luxury hotels and DVD rentals. Essex County Council staff spent more than £5.1 million on their taxpayer-funded credit cards in just over two years.In their on-going 'war on waste' the Brentwood Gazette have delved into the credit card statements of their county council and uncovered a massive number of profligate purchases,all at taxpayers' expense. The purchases made between December 2009 and April 2012,include luxury hotels, DVD rentals,cinema tickets,tenpin bowling and takeaway pizzas.Local residents are naturally demanding an explanation from their council as to how the spending increased from £220,000 between December 2009 and March 2010 to £2,700,000 in 2011-2012.Here is an extract of their spending: More than £6000 was spent on 24 trips to Thorpe Park McDonalds was visited ninety nine times where a total of £1,699 was spent More than £3600 was spent on fifty visits to Domino's Pizza 4,750 visits to Tesco's cost more than £340,000 206 visits to Marks and Spencer cost more than £28,000 Six transactions at the luxurious Taj Lands End hotel in Mumbai cost taxpayers more than £1300, where famous guests have included Pierce Brosnan,Bryan Adams and Gordon Brown. Two council employees stayed at the five star Dorchester Hotel in London which cost £1405. Ten transactions at Blockbuster DVD rentals cost a staggering £537 Essex County Council insist they have a 'robust policy relating to spending on purchase cards and all purchase card holders must be given authorisation by a senior manager. to carry out such transactions.' The number of cards in use at Essex County Council has increased from 259 to 757 since December 2009. :[/p][/quote]Well reported..Good on you mirokou
  • Score: 0

10:50pm Thu 15 Nov 12

mirokou says...

historyman22 wrote:
Please all wake up to the simple truth here.

He is simply a very obvious (and rather local) 'fall-guy', that fell from a very well established government gravy train.

This spending and entertaining service consists only of 'branch-lines' here.

The service runs onward to London, whereupon it morphs into the 'Super Euro-Gravy-Train.'

Apparently, once a frequent traveller with this 'club,' if you want to travel first class on the service, you only need buy a standard class ticket!

I am not defending him, nor the system.

Just remember though:

A corrupt individual in an honest system is soon weeded out.

An honest person, in a corupt system is also, perhaps even more quickly, weeded out!

You can of course, all decide for yourselves, which of these cases applies where our own local government is concerned!
A fall guy on £5000 per month expenses plus extras!. Get real.
He volunteered for the post and was well rewarded before expenses. "Private Eye" magazine were 3 years ahead of the criminal Justice system before he was discovered . An arrogant little man from a non impressive business background, who held the majority in contempt.
All great empires fall. let him play his violin whilst his empire burns around him.
[quote][p][bold]historyman22[/bold] wrote: Please all wake up to the simple truth here. He is simply a very obvious (and rather local) 'fall-guy', that fell from a very well established government gravy train. This spending and entertaining service consists only of 'branch-lines' here. The service runs onward to London, whereupon it morphs into the 'Super Euro-Gravy-Train.' Apparently, once a frequent traveller with this 'club,' if you want to travel first class on the service, you only need buy a standard class ticket! I am not defending him, nor the system. Just remember though: A corrupt individual in an honest system is soon weeded out. An honest person, in a corupt system is also, perhaps even more quickly, weeded out! You can of course, all decide for yourselves, which of these cases applies where our own local government is concerned![/p][/quote]A fall guy on £5000 per month expenses plus extras!. Get real. He volunteered for the post and was well rewarded before expenses. "Private Eye" magazine were 3 years ahead of the criminal Justice system before he was discovered . An arrogant little man from a non impressive business background, who held the majority in contempt. All great empires fall. let him play his violin whilst his empire burns around him. mirokou
  • Score: 0

11:39pm Thu 15 Nov 12

historyman22 says...

mirokou wrote:
historyman22 wrote:
Please all wake up to the simple truth here.

He is simply a very obvious (and rather local) 'fall-guy', that fell from a very well established government gravy train.

This spending and entertaining service consists only of 'branch-lines' here.

The service runs onward to London, whereupon it morphs into the 'Super Euro-Gravy-Train.'

Apparently, once a frequent traveller with this 'club,' if you want to travel first class on the service, you only need buy a standard class ticket!

I am not defending him, nor the system.

Just remember though:

A corrupt individual in an honest system is soon weeded out.

An honest person, in a corupt system is also, perhaps even more quickly, weeded out!

You can of course, all decide for yourselves, which of these cases applies where our own local government is concerned!
A fall guy on £5000 per month expenses plus extras!. Get real.
He volunteered for the post and was well rewarded before expenses. "Private Eye" magazine were 3 years ahead of the criminal Justice system before he was discovered . An arrogant little man from a non impressive business background, who held the majority in contempt.
All great empires fall. let him play his violin whilst his empire burns around him.
Mirokou,

if you think that he is the problem then fine. It is a rather myopic view though.

The reason I call him a 'fall guy' is that he is just one of many. Sure he abused the system. The system let him.

Remember that he wasn't ousted because his compatriots were appalled at his behaviour.

If journalists hadn't 'uncovered' this he would probably have retired with a fat payout, as many before doubtless did.

If you prefer to think that the problem stops with individuals then fine.

Don't make the comparison with Nero though. He weilded true power, and took the city with him when he went. Hanningfield is no emperor. More of a minor senator, with overblown ambitions. He never commanded an empire. He is purely provincial.

Whilst he has fallen from grace though, the system is still firmly in place.

I did say that I wasn't defending him and I am not. Why would I? As far as I am concerned, he deserves everything (and more than) he got.

If you think the corruption (in the system) is gone however, you are simply deluding yourself.
[quote][p][bold]mirokou[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]historyman22[/bold] wrote: Please all wake up to the simple truth here. He is simply a very obvious (and rather local) 'fall-guy', that fell from a very well established government gravy train. This spending and entertaining service consists only of 'branch-lines' here. The service runs onward to London, whereupon it morphs into the 'Super Euro-Gravy-Train.' Apparently, once a frequent traveller with this 'club,' if you want to travel first class on the service, you only need buy a standard class ticket! I am not defending him, nor the system. Just remember though: A corrupt individual in an honest system is soon weeded out. An honest person, in a corupt system is also, perhaps even more quickly, weeded out! You can of course, all decide for yourselves, which of these cases applies where our own local government is concerned![/p][/quote]A fall guy on £5000 per month expenses plus extras!. Get real. He volunteered for the post and was well rewarded before expenses. "Private Eye" magazine were 3 years ahead of the criminal Justice system before he was discovered . An arrogant little man from a non impressive business background, who held the majority in contempt. All great empires fall. let him play his violin whilst his empire burns around him.[/p][/quote]Mirokou, if you think that he is the problem then fine. It is a rather myopic view though. The reason I call him a 'fall guy' is that he is just one of many. Sure he abused the system. The system let him. Remember that he wasn't ousted because his compatriots were appalled at his behaviour. If journalists hadn't 'uncovered' this he would probably have retired with a fat payout, as many before doubtless did. If you prefer to think that the problem stops with individuals then fine. Don't make the comparison with Nero though. He weilded true power, and took the city with him when he went. Hanningfield is no emperor. More of a minor senator, with overblown ambitions. He never commanded an empire. He is purely provincial. Whilst he has fallen from grace though, the system is still firmly in place. I did say that I wasn't defending him and I am not. Why would I? As far as I am concerned, he deserves everything (and more than) he got. If you think the corruption (in the system) is gone however, you are simply deluding yourself. historyman22
  • Score: 0

8:50am Fri 16 Nov 12

wellnow says...

i think it's time to move on and forget the past paul white is now toast.
i think it's time to move on and forget the past paul white is now toast. wellnow
  • Score: 0

9:54am Fri 16 Nov 12

roger bacon says...

Somebody on EssexCounty Council Finances must have rubber stamped these amounts. He did not get all these expenses on his own. Who approved all these amounts of money?
Somebody on EssexCounty Council Finances must have rubber stamped these amounts. He did not get all these expenses on his own. Who approved all these amounts of money? roger bacon
  • Score: 0

2:46pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Cleggeron says...

The Daily Telegraph reports this in full - http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/politics
/9681109/Lord-Hannin
gfield-spent-public-
money-at-luxury-hote
ls-in-India-China-an
d-Bahamas.html.
The issue, as stated by others above, isn't so much White's spending - though it's pretty eye-popping - as the culture that thought it was a perfectly acceptable use of ratepayers' money.
But it's the same throughout public organisations - when it's not your money, it's amazing what can be justified. And the same sort of culture obviously permeates the BBC Trust, which thinks it's perfectly acceptable to pay George Enwistle twice as much as he's entitled to so that he goes quietly....
The Daily Telegraph reports this in full - http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/politics /9681109/Lord-Hannin gfield-spent-public- money-at-luxury-hote ls-in-India-China-an d-Bahamas.html. The issue, as stated by others above, isn't so much White's spending - though it's pretty eye-popping - as the culture that thought it was a perfectly acceptable use of ratepayers' money. But it's the same throughout public organisations - when it's not your money, it's amazing what can be justified. And the same sort of culture obviously permeates the BBC Trust, which thinks it's perfectly acceptable to pay George Enwistle twice as much as he's entitled to so that he goes quietly.... Cleggeron
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Sat 17 Nov 12

James Abbott says...

The extravagant spending on corporate credit cards at county hall is not the whole story. Their allowance and expenses scheme is on top of that and is also very generous with public money.

In the council year 2011/12, 15 county councillors each received over £30,000 in expenses and allowances and of those, 5 accrued more than £50,000 a year, which is about double the average full time wage for Essex.

But even that is not the total of what some Essex County Councillors get from the taxpayer because a number of them are also on other councils and boards, where they also get allowances.

From my experience, most local councillors do care about their local areas and are not in it for the money as they get a small fraction of these levels of allowances.

Hanningfield's attitude that he has done nothing wrong is similar to that held by the whole authority. They think they really deserve these payments and that other practices such as limiting the ability of the public to ask questions at meetings are perfectly OK. They are completely out of touch and need a major overhaul to make them properly accountable to the local people they are supposed to represent.
The extravagant spending on corporate credit cards at county hall is not the whole story. Their allowance and expenses scheme is on top of that and is also very generous with public money. In the council year 2011/12, 15 county councillors each received over £30,000 in expenses and allowances and of those, 5 accrued more than £50,000 a year, which is about double the average full time wage for Essex. But even that is not the total of what some Essex County Councillors get from the taxpayer because a number of them are also on other councils and boards, where they also get allowances. From my experience, most local councillors do care about their local areas and are not in it for the money as they get a small fraction of these levels of allowances. Hanningfield's attitude that he has done nothing wrong is similar to that held by the whole authority. They think they really deserve these payments and that other practices such as limiting the ability of the public to ask questions at meetings are perfectly OK. They are completely out of touch and need a major overhaul to make them properly accountable to the local people they are supposed to represent. James Abbott
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree