Baroness Warsi has written to the Prime Minister explaining why she didn't declare a business interest. Here's their correspondence in full.
Baroness Warsi has asked the Lords Commissioner for Standards to investigate allegations she made improper expense claims.
Baroness Warsi has written to The Lords Commissioner for Standards asking him to investigate her expenses.
The Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has launched a stinging attack on the media for acting like a "lynch mob" against Jeremy Hunt and Baroness Warsi.
He dismissed some of the allegations against the Conservative Party chairman as "downrightsilly" and "pedantic".
The comments came as David Cameron delivered a strong signal that Lady Warsi's job is safe despite ordering an investigation into her failure to declare business links.
The Prime Minister said he was "very happy" with the Conservative Party chairman's explanation after it emerged she took relative and business partner Abid Hussain on an official trip to Pakistan.
Baroness Warsi will face an investigation into whether she's broken ministerial rules and it's the first time the Prime Minister has decided that a minister needs to be investigated in this way.
Some are drawing a comparison between Jeremy Hunt, asking why she is being investigated and not Mr Hunt.
Downing Street says they are two very different situations.
But the issue for the Conservative Party co-chairman is she went on this official government trip to Pakistan in 2010 with a relative of her husband - who was also a business partner.
There is this potential conflict of interest, and that now needs to be investigated.
In a letter to Mr.Cameron she says:
On a personal note David, I am sincerely sorry for these difficulties.
The Conservative Party co-chairman Baroness Warsi has written to the Prime Minister explaining why her business relationship with Abid Hussain, a community activist who helped organise her official trip to Pakistan, was not declared. She writes:
– baroness warsi
I did not recognise, at the point that this visit was arranged, a need to disclose to my officials and the High Commission that Abid Hussain and I have a common business interest as minority shareholders in a small food company ... I sincerely regret that I did not consider the significance of this relationship with Mr Hussain when the arrangements for the visit were being made ... I am sorry. I regret that this failure may have caused embarrassment to the Government.
Replying to Baroness Warsi, the Prime Minister said:
There are clearly some lessons for future handling and I have asked Alex Allan, my adviser on Ministers' interests, to consider the issues that have been raised with respect to the Ministerial Code and to provide advice to me as rapidly as possible.
The Conservative Party co-chairman Baroness Warsi today defended an official ministerial trip to Pakistan she made with business partner Abid Hussain, but apologised to the Prime Minister for any "embarrassment to the Government" it may have caused.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said he accepts Baroness Warsi needs to provide answers over allegations about her expenses.
At a Number 10 Jubilee party, he said:
– Prime Minister David Cameron
I am satisfied that there are questions that have been raised and there are questions which have to be answered. I am satisfied that will happen.
A Labour MP has asked the police to launch an inquiry into whether the Conservative Party co-chairman Baroness Warsi broke the law over her expenses.
Karl Turner has written to the City of London Police to request they examine whether she claimed for accommodation while staying at a friend's house rent free.
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In his letter to the City of London Police, Karl Turner wrote:
– Labour MP Karl Turner
It appears that Baroness Warsi may have claimed for expenses which she did not in fact incur, and that a criminal offence may therefore have been committed.
I am writing to ask that an inquiry be undertaken into whether Baroness Warsi or her aide Naweed Khan have broken the law.
Labour has called for a criminal inquiry into the expenses of Conservative Party co-chairman Baroness Warsi as the Prime Minister acknowledged she had questions to answer.
The MP Karl Turner has written to the City of London Police to request they examine whether she claimed for accommodation while staying at a friend's house rent free.
Baroness Warsi has already asked Lords Commissioner for Standards Paul Kernaghan to investigate.
The move came amid a slew of fresh newspaper allegations against the under-fire politician, including an alleged failure to declare business interests and questions over foreign visits.
Lady Warsi issued a fresh denial of wrongdoing, insisting that she had acted within the rules at all times