A MAJOR overhaul of parliamentary sleaze rules could see MPs banned from earning extra cash and peers kicked out for serious misbehaviour, it was revealed.
Ministers are considering the moves as part of efforts to restore public faith in parliament after a series of scandals.
Justice Secretary Jack Straw confirmed that tighter conduct regulations for the House of Lords would be included in the forthcoming Constitution Renewal Bill.
He said: “In the House of Commons if you break the criminal law, or for example it is found that although you have not broken the criminal law, you have been doing something completely improper, then the House of Commons can in extremes expel you. And that must apply to the House of Lords.”
Mr Straw refused to rule out making the changes retrospective, raising the prospect that they would cover peers embroiled in the recent cash-for-influence row.
Other Lords with criminal convictions would also faced being ejected, including author Lord Archer and newspaper mogul Lord Black.