Former Labour environment minister Elliot Morley had his ICE Fellowship suspended this week as he faced prosecution for making fraudulent expenses claims while serving as a member of Parliament.
Last week Morley pleaded guilty to two charges of false accounting relating to his parliamentary expenses.
He is charged with making fraudulent claims worth more than £30,000 over a period of almost two years.
He was made an honorary ICE Fellow in 2004 for his “proactive engagement” with the ICE. He was particularly noted for implementing recommendations on flood policy when he served as Environment Minister between 2003 and 2006.
Of the four former MPs charged with criminal offences over the expenses scandal, Morley’s claims total the most.
The claims included cash for a mortgage that had already been paid off and more interest on another mortgage than he was actually paying.
Morley originally insisted that the overpayments were a result of “sloppy accounting” rather than fraudulent activity.
The chairman of the ICE disciplinary board decided to suspend Morley under by-law 40 (1), which provides for ICE membership to be suspended when a member is found or pleads guilty to a serious criminal offence.
The matter is now subject to formal consideration by the ICE’s professional conduct panel for possible referral to the disciplinary board. If found guilty of misconduct, Morley could face a fine and possibly expulsion from the Institution.