Wednesday, 6 June 2012

House of Lords to investigate Baroness Warsi over expenses fiddling

British Pakistani politician Baroness Warsi is to be investigated by the House of Lords over allegations she fiddled with her parliamentary expenses.

The co-chairman of the Conservative Party referred herself to the Lords Standards Commissioner following reports that she claimed accommodation allowances while staying rent-free with a friend in 2008.

The rules for expenses claims by members of the House of Lords, as set out on the Parliament website for the year 2007-08, say members living outside London can claim a maximum of £165.50 a night.

Separately, Lady Warsi has apologised after it emerged she failed to declare she and a relative, Abid Hussain, had stakes in the same firm before travelling together to Pakistan on a government trip in 2010.
The prime minister said he was "very happy" with Lady Warsi's assurances but has referred the matter to his adviser on the ministerial code.

- UKAsian Staff

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