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Linda Riordan expense row

There is anger over another MP's expense claim. Halifax MP Linda Riordan's been criticised for renting out a London flat to a fellow MP - and then claiming thousands to rent another property herself.

She's not technically doing anything wrong - but the Taxpayers' Alliance says what she's doing is against the spirit of guidelines governing MP's expenses. Chris Kiddey reports.


No action for former minister in expenses inquiry

Former minister Denis MacShane will face no further action from police over allegations that he abused Commons expenses. The MP was referred to Scotland Yard by the parliamentary authorities in September 2010 after concerns were raised over thousands of pounds of spending on laptops.

He also faced questions over bills for a constituency office which was in the garage of his South Yorkshire home. But a police spokesman said today: "An initial file was submitted to the CPS on December 23 2011 and further inquiries were generated as a result.

"These further inquiries have now concluded following a decision that no further action will be taken by police. "This decision has been taken after careful consideration of the CPS advice."

Baroness Warsi guilty of only a "minor" breach of the ministerial code

I asked Sir Alex Allan to look into allegations that Baroness Warsi had breached the ministerial code. He has reported back to me and I am satisfied with the conclusion he has reached that at no point did she use her office for any personal financial gain. He found that while there was a breach of the code it was a minor one for which Baroness Warsi has already apologised. Baroness Warsi is a great asset in building our reputation overseas and representing the British Government abroad in her role as Minister without Portfolio."

– David Cameron


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.