Former Sleaford MP Douglas Hogg nominated for seat in House of Lords by Prime Minister David Cameron

Douglas Hogg, the third Viscount Hailsham, tipped to get a seat in the House of Lords.

Douglas Hogg, the third Viscount Hailsham, tipped to get a seat in the House of Lords.

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The former Tory MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, Douglas Hogg is set for a return to Parliament.

Mr Hogg, who was MP for the area from 1979 until 2010, has been nominated for a seat in the House of Lords by David Cameron.

The former Agriculture Minister’s return to Parliament is liklely to be controversial after he became one of the most high profile targets for criticism when becoming embroiled in the MPs expenses scandal in 2009.

It was alleged he had claimed for the cost of cleaning his moat at his second home at Kettlethorpe Hall, near Gainsborough.

Mr Hogg agreed to repay the £2,200 cost of clearing the moat, after an order from the party leadership.

He maintained he had not claimed the money but agreed it had not been ‘positively excluded’ from paperwork submitted to the Commons fees office.

His wife, Sarah, who was head of John Major’s policy unit, already sits in the Lords as Baroness Hogg.

Mr Hogg was succeeded in the 2010 General Election by fellow Conservative Stephen Phillips.