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Warsi cleared over Lords expenses

Conservative co-chairman Baroness Warsi has been cleared by a House of Lords investigation of expenses irregularities, the party has said.

House of Lords Standards Commissioner Paul Kernaghan has conducted an investigation into allegations that she claimed for accommodation expenses while staying at a friend's house rent-free.

In a statement, Lady Warsi said she was "delighted" to draw a line under the matter, while Prime Minister David Cameron said it cleared the way for her to lead the Conservatives' campaign for the election of police and crime commissioners later this year.

Lady Warsi said: "I believe that being a member of the House of Lords is a privilege and I take that privilege seriously.

"I have always maintained that the allegations surrounding my expenses were untrue and I am delighted that Paul Kernaghan has dismissed them. His report and the report by Sir Alex Allan - two independent inquiries - have now drawn a line under these matters and my only focus now will be to get on with my job."

Mr Cameron said: "I am pleased that these allegations have been dismissed by the Lords Commissioner.

"With elections for police and crime commissioners in the autumn, this will be a big summer of campaigning for the Conservative Party. As co-chairman, Sayeeda (Warsi) will be leading that campaign."

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