Cameron orders Warsi visit probe
Jun 05 2012
David Cameron has ordered an inquiry into whether Conservative Party co-chairman Baroness Warsi breached the ministerial code when she was accompanied by a business partner on an official visit to Pakistan.
The Prime Minister called in Sir Alex Allan, his independent adviser on ministerial interests, to investigate after she admitted failing to disclose her business relationship with Abid Hussain.
Lady Warsi wrote a letter of apology to Mr Cameron, saying she was "sincerely sorry" for the embarrassment to the Government. The Cabinet minister is facing mounting difficulties, with the prospect of a sleaze inquiry into separate allegations about her House of Lords expenses claims, into which Labour are demanding a criminal investigation.
Mr Cameron's referral of her relationship with Mr Hussain to his adviser on the ministerial code comes despite his steadfast refusal to order a similar inquiry into Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has faced weeks of heavy criticism for his contacts with News Corporation over its attempts to take full control of BSkyB.
Labour said the Prime Minister's actions underlined that he was "bending over backwards" to defend Mr Hunt.
Mr Hussain attended Lady Warsi's July 2010 visit to Pakistan - soon after she had joined the coalition Cabinet. They were both directors of a company called Rupert's Recipes.
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