Baroness Warsi claims £50,000 in expenses

Issue 404

TORY peer Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury claimed more than £50,000 in expenses last year, new figures have revealed.

Baroness Warsi, 38, dubbed a working peer, is shadow minister for community cohesion and social action.

Generally, members of the House of Lords are not paid a salary but are allowed to claim expenses for overnight stays, mortgage or housing costs; daily food and drink; office costs; and travel.

Figures published by Parliament show that Baroness Warsi claimed £20,489 in housing costs; £11,548 in day subsistence (food and drink); £12,906 for office costs; and £5,352 for travel.

Mumofone Baroness Warsi became a peer in July 2007 and was recently voted the most powerful Muslim woman in Britain.

Baroness Warsi (pictured right) said her role with the Conservative Party was unpaid and that she worked on Fridays and Saturdays and during Parliamentary recess at her familys bed firm, Ravensthorpebased Shire Beds.

A shareholder in the firm, she has a developmental role in the business working on a recent rebranding, preparing for exhibitions and looking after key clients.

She said her expenses were fairly transparent and added: I am always conscious that this is taxpayers money.

Baroness Warsi claims for a very modest apartment in North London which she bought six months after accepting the peerage.

Formerly of Thornhill, she now lives in Wakefield with second husband Iftikhar Azam.

She usually travels to the capital by car and uses the Tube. Peers are allowed to claim first class rail fares but Baroness Warsi said: When I travel by train it is always standard class.

A former pupil at Birkdale High School in Dewsbury, Baroness Warsi was a solicitor before entering politics.

She was defeated by Labours Shahid Malik in Dewsbury and Mirfield at the last General Election.

However she was earmarked as a rising star by then Tory leader Michael Howard.

She was named Peer of the Year in The Spectators Parliamentarian of the Year Awards in November.

Official figures show that Baroness Warsi attended the House of Lords over 137 days in contrast to other peers who rarely go.

Baroness Lockwood, another Dewsburyborn peer, now chairman of the National Coal Mining Museum, claimed just £3,345 in expenses but attended the House just twice.

Baroness Taylor of Bolton, the former Dewsbury MP Ann Taylor, claimed just £2,032 but attended 121 times.

Lord Woolmer of Leeds, a former Labour MP for Batley, claimed £58,942 and attended 138 days.

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