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Disgraced MP Elliot Morley expelled from the ICE

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.

Expulsion

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.

Readers' comments (7)

  • Oh dear, another Civil Engineer in the public eye gives the profession poor publicity, following on I believe from Boris Yeltsin & Bin Laden, maybe Yasser Arafat also?

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  • John Mather

    I believe General Galtieri was also a Civil Engineer.

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  • Ah,they may have had something to do with civil engineering, but they have a long long way to go to be as bad as lawyers and any barrel will have a few bad apples plus the ones quoted by Chris Johnson and John Mather have hardly been engineers and are "foreigners"!!
    Jim Barrack.

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  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but Elliot Morley was not a Civil Engineer by way of profession practice or training. What ICE recognised when conferring the Honorary Fellow status was his empathy as a politician with this professions view of the needs for flood defence and other environmental issues.

    So why is the profession volunteering itself to become so embroiled in his totally unrelated expenses disgrace.

    Last week Morley was struck off from the Privy Council, something that was probably far more important to him, and I'm afraid to say that ICE's "getting in on the act" just looks pathetic.

    But the publicity given to this matter does raise the issue of how many other members have been struck off when sent to Prison, and have they all been given such widespread public announcements.

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  • Jivir Viyakesparan

    Although this act is in the public domain, code of profesional conduct is a good enough reason to up hold the ICE and Civil Engineering profession.

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  • I believe Ahmadinejad (Iranian president) is also a Civil Engineer but not a member of ICE.

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  • I understood that the late Professor CHIN Fung Kee of Malaya/Malaysia was the first Honorary Fellow, perhaps someone could correct me if otherwise - and I wonder how many of these there have been since?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chin_Fung_Kee

    With folk like Mr Morley, irrespective if his financial dealings (for which jail seems altogether the wrong response by society) receiving the award, it appears to have gone downhill and become bland.

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