Disgraced former Labour MP Elliot Morley has been expelled from the ICE.
“Proactive engagement” with the ICE
The ICE said he had failed to “uphold the dignity, standing and reputation” of the Institution after dishonestly claiming more than £30,000 in MPs’ expenses.
Morley was jailed last month after being found guilty of the fraud. He had claimed cash for a mortgage that had already been paid off and more interest on another mortgage than he was actually paying. He was sentenced to 16 month jail term for the offence.
Morley has been an honorary ICE Fellow since 2004 for his “proactive engagement” with the ICE. Morley was honoured for implementing recommendations on flood policy when he served as environment minister between 2003 and 2006.
He also served as chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee before the expenses scandal emerged.
Morley’s ICE Fellowship was suspended in April when it emerged that he faced prosecution for making the fraudulent expenses claims while serving as a member of Parliament. He stepped down as an MP at the 2010 general election, having represented Scunthorpe since 1987.
Announcing the expulsion yesterday, the ICE said in a notice that “the Disciplinary Board found Morley guilty of Improper Conduct in that he had breached By-laws 35 and 36 and Rule 1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which require all members to uphold the dignity, standing and reputation of the Institution.
“Under the powers conferred on it by By-law 40, the Disciplinary Board ordered that Morley should be expelled.”
It is believed that the last honorary ICE fellow to be struck from the roll was His Imperial Majesty Wilhelm II (‘Kaiser Bill’) of Germany on the grounds that his conducted rendered him unfit to continue as an honorary member. He had been elected in 1895.