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Baroness Warsi - more questions over conduct

A Labour minister has asked for another investigation after Baroness Warsi was accused again of breaking the Ministerial Code.

MP Michael Dugher has asked the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests to consider reports that Baroness Warsi, from Dewsbury, may have broken the Ministerial Code in other respects than those for which she is already being investigated.

It has been reported Baroness Warsi paid for potential business clients to attend a Conservative Party lunch with the Prime Minister. It is also claimed she used official overseas visits to conduct party business, when she has no ministerial responsibility for foreign affairs. She denies the claim.

Baroness Warsi faces calls for investigation into her expenses

Conservative party co-chairman Baroness Warsi is facing calls for an investigation into her expenses over allegations that she claimed for overnight accommodation when staying at a friend's house rent-free.

Lady Warsi, who is from Dewsbury, insists that she made an "appropriate payment" for the nights she stayed at a property occupied by Tory official Naweed Khan. Mr Khan today backed her claim, saying she made a payment each time she stayed at the property.

However, according to reports in The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph the owner of the property denies he received any income from either Lady Warsi or Mr Khan. The Tory peer who is now a Cabinet Office minister, was at the time claiming Lords subsistence of £165.50 a night.


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