Pak-origin UK politician cleared of cheating charges

The Lords’ Commissioner for Standards criticised the peer’s lack of transparency about Baroness Warsi living arrangements.

Updated: Jul 27, 2012, 13:34 PM IST

London: Pakistan-origin British politician Baroness Warsi has been cleared of charges that she cheated on expenses by claiming for overnight accommodation at a house she stayed in for free.

According to The Telegraph, the co-chairman of Britain’s Conservative Party has, however, been found to have breached House of Lords rules by failing to register her second home properly.

The party initially issued a press release on her behalf, saying that the charges against her had been ‘dismissed’. The Lords’ Commissioner for Standards criticised the peer’s lack of transparency about her living arrangements.

Lady Warsi referred herself to Sir Paul Kernaghan, the Commissioner, after allegations emerged that she had claimed up to 2,000 pounds while staying rent-free at the home of a Conservative donor, Dr Wafik Moustafa.

She claimed that she had made a “financial contribution” to her aide, Naweed Khan, who was also staying at the house during 2008. Moustafa said he had never received any money, and described himself as “disgusted” after learning that the taxpayer had paid out for her stay.

There are speculations that Prime Minister David Cameron is preparing to move the peer to a new post in the reshuffle expected in September. “I am pleased that these allegations have been dismissed by the Lords Commissioner,” Cameron said.

ANI