Tory chair Warsi in UK expenses scandal

Baroness Warsi,41,admitted claiming reimbursement for overnight accommodation when she actually stayed free at a friend’s house in London.

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published:May 28, 2012 1:47 am

Sayeeda Warsi,the Pakistan-origin co-chairperson of the Conservative party and minister without portfolio in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Cabinet,is facing calls for a probe after being caught in an expenses row.

Baroness Warsi,41,admitted claiming reimbursement for overnight accommodation when she actually stayed free at a friend’s house in London.

She has also admitted failing to declare rents from a flat she owns in Wembley between January 2011 and May 2012 in the House of Lords register of interests.

Warsi took full responsibility for the “oversight”,but prompted calls from Labour members for a probe into her declarations. Warsi insisted that she made an “appropriate payment” for the nights she stayed at a property occupied by Tory official Naweed Khan,but reports said the owner of the flat denied he received any income. Warsi claimed £165.50 per night for staying in the house.

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