It would appear that crime does eventually pay and that being a member of the House of Lords is one of the few careers where being convicted of a serious crime and doing "bird" doesn;t actually have any impact on your job.
"Lord Watson, the Labour peer who spent eight months in jail for fire-raising, claimed almost £75,000 in tax-free parliamentary expenses after he was freed. The disgraced politician attended the House of Lords 231 times between his release in May 2006 and March this year, but spoke on only 13 occasions, took part in fewer than half the votes and failed to ask a single written question. In the same period he received £29,308 in overnight subsistence, £17,454 in day subsistence, £16,524 for office costs and £11,451 for transport and attendance travel costs.
Nice work if you can get it.