Warsi`s Pak trip was `minor` breach of code: UK PM

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi had been found guilty of breaching ministerial rules by taking a business associate on an official trip overseas.

Updated: Jun 28, 2012, 13:37 PM IST

London: Pakistan-origin British politician Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who has been found guilty of breaching ministerial rules by taking a business associate on an official trip overseas, can continue with her job, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

According to The Telegraph, after charges against Warsi were proved, Cameron immediately issued a statement saying she could keep her job as she did not benefit personally from the trip.

Cameron had asked his Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests, Sir Alex Allan, to investigate Warsi after she admitted to travelling with business associate Abid Hussain during an official trip to Pakistan in February 2011.

Cameron said: "I am satisfied with the conclusion he (Allan) 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," Cameron added.

In his report, disclosed after a three-week investigation, Sir Alex found that Warsi had made a ``minor`` breach of the rules by not declaring the relationship. He said: "My view [is] that the breach of the Code was a minor one, and that Baroness Warsi did not use her office for personal financial gain. I note that you have already accepted Baroness Warsi`s apology."

Sir Alex also accepted that "this was not a trade-related visit" and "Rupert`s Recipes does not do any business in Pakistan and there was no financial benefit to either Baroness Warsi or Mr Hussain".

ANI