BEIJING, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Song Taiping, a former senior legislator in north China's Hebei Province, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) for grave violations of Party discipline and laws, authorities announced here Monday.
The announcement came after an investigation into Song's case conducted by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission upon the approval of the CPC Central Committee.
Song, former vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the People's Congress of Hebei Province, has lost his ideals and convictions and betrayed his original aspirations and mission, according to the investigation.
The investigation also found that Song had violated the eight-point frugality code on Party and government conduct by accepting banquets and travel arrangements that may have compromised the fulfillment of his duties, on many occasions, and entering private clubs in disregard of rules.
Song also sold official posts, breached Party rules on personal matter reporting, accepted money, valuable paintings and other property, and engaged in profit-making activities in violation of regulations.
He also used his positions to seek benefits for others in project contracting, business operations and job promotion, and obtained huge amounts of money and gifts in exchange, said the statement.
Song has severely breached the Party discipline, been involved in serious violations of duty-related laws, and is suspected of taking bribes, the statement read.
In line with Party regulations and relevant laws, a decision has been made to expel him from the Party, deprive him of the remuneration and benefits that go along with his former positions, confiscate his illicit gains, and hand over his case to the designated procuratorate for further investigation and prosecution, the statement said. ■