Sunday, 27 May 2012

Baroness Warsi to be investigated over expenses


Sayeeda Warsi - one of the highest ranked British Asian politicians in the UK - is facing a police investigation after allegedly fiddling with her parliamentary expenses.

Baroness Warsi, 41, is said to have claimed more than £2000 for staying rent free at the home of a Conservative party donor, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

The paper reported that the co-chairman of the Conservative Party had claimed £165.50 per night while staying at a London house belonging to Dr Wafik Moustafa.

Dr Moustafa however says that he has never received any money from the politician.

He told the paper that he is "disgusted" that she had claimed taxpayers' money when he had simply been "helping out", providing free accommodation to the Yorkshire-based cabinet minister.

Baroness Warsi says she was entitled to the expenses because she had paid a "financial contribution" to a political aide - Naweed Khan - who had also stayed at Dr Moustafa's house.

The matter has now been referred to the standards commissioner in the House of Lords.
Born and raised to Pakistani parents in West Yorkshire, Baroness Warsi is the third Muslim Minister and the first female Muslim to serve as a minister in the United Kingdom.

- Terry Morton
http://www.ukasiaonline.com/

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