Prasun Sonwalkar London

Sayeeda Warsi, the Pakistanorigin co- chairperson of the Conservative party and minister without portfolio in Prime Minister David Camerons Cabinet, is facing calls for a probe after being caught in an expen

ses row.

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

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

Admitting the failures, Warsi took full responsibility for the ” oversight”, but prompted calls from opposition Labour for the House of Lords standards commissioner to investigate her declarations.

Warsi insists that she made an ” appropriate payment” for the nights she stayed at a property occupied by Conservative official Naweed Khan, but reports say the owner of the flat denies that he received any income from either Warsi or Khan. Warsi claimed 165.50 pounds per night for staying in the house. Labour MP John Mann said: ” If you are paying no rent where you are staying, you canalt39t possibly be claiming subsistence for staying there. It all seems very murky. We need a full investigation into the matter.” PTI

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