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Professional conduct panel to review Morley’s Fellowship

The ICE is to consider whether to expel former Labour environment minister and ICE honorary Fellow Elliot Morley after he received a 16-month prison sentence for fraud.

Pleaded guilty

Morley pleaded guilty to two charges of false accounting under the Theft Act in April and received a 16 month sentence last month.

He had claimed more than £30,000 in false parliamentary expenses, including money on a non-existent mortgage.

Morley was suspended by the ICE in April after pleading guilty.

The ICE said last week that: “the Elliot Morley case will be subject to formal consideration by the professional conduct panel at its next meeting. Serious cases of apparent improper conduct are referred by the panel to the ­disciplinary board and if the member is found guilty by the board, the facts of the case and the penalty imposed will be published.”

Morley was made an honorary ICE Fellow in 2004 for his “proactive engagement” with the ICE. He also served as MP for Scunthorpe between 1987 and 2010.

“In past cases where a member has been found guilty of serious dishonesty, the board has generally ordered that the member be expelled”

ICE head of professional conduct Hugh Ferguson

The ICE had especially noted Morley’s efforts to implement flood policy recommendations when he served as Environment Minister between 2003 and 2006.

Morley had originally insisted that the overpayments were a result of “sloppy accounting” rather than fraudulent activity.

Speaking in February, ICE head of professional conduct Hugh Ferguson said “in past cases where a member has been found guilty of serious dishonesty, the board has generally ordered that the member be expelled.”

Presiding over the trial, Mr Justice Saunders acknowledged that Morley had been “a positive force for good” and had achieved “a great deal for the green agenda” whilst serving as a minister.

But he said Morley had “thrown away his good name and his good character.”

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