Sunday, 27 May 2012

The words Muslim and corruption go readily together and the so-called modern and moderate Muslims are no exception. This is yet another example of the moral standards of the Indian subcontinent being imported into Britain. Note that most of the newspapers reporting this story are missing the most important element. They are reporting only the fact that Warsi failed to declare rental income on a flat she owned. This could be dismissed as a minor oversight. The much more important fact, however, is that Warsi may have been unjustly claiming expenses for a flat she may not even have been staying in or paying for.

The disclosure of Warsi's shady dealings seems to be a payback initiative from another corrupt Muslim, who seems to have been part of the Conservative Party's ethnic outreach programme, before being cold-shouldered after his own skulduggery was revealed. That's one of the good things about Muslims in public life. Scratch the surface just a little and you're sure to find evidence of corruption.
BARONESS WARSI, the co-chairman of the Conservative party, stands accused of claiming parliamentary expenses for overnight accommodation when she was staying rent-free in a friend’s house.

Warsi, a cabinet minister championed by David Cameron, charged the taxpayer £165.50 a night for attending the House of Lords while staying at the property in Acton, west London. The owner said she had her own bedroom and front-door key.

Yesterday Warsi confirmed she had spent “occasional nights” at the property but as the guest of a Tory party official, who was also staying there. She said she had made an “appropriate payment equivalent to what I was paying at the time in hotel costs”.

However, the owner of the house, a GP and former parliamentary candidate for the Conservative party, insists he received no money from either Warsi or Naweed Khan, the party official who was staying there rent-free.

Warsi also failed to declare to parliament thousands of pounds in rental income on a two-bedroom flat until the property she owned was discovered by The Sunday Times last week. Warsi last night claimed it was “an oversight for which I take full responsibility”.

This weekend Warsi was facing a parliamentary investigation after John Mann, the Labour MP, said he would write to the Lords commissioner for standards asking him to examine Warsi’s expenses. “If you are paying no rent where you are staying, you can’t possibly be claiming subsistence for staying there,” Mann said.

“It all seems very murky. We need a full investigation into the matter.”

An investigation by The Sunday Times can reveal that Warsi used the house soon after entering the Lords. Public records show that she claimed more than £12,000 in “overnight subsistence” within six months of taking her seat in October 2007.

At the time, Warsi, then 36, was the youngest peer in the upper chamber. She became the first Muslim woman in the cabinet when she was appointed minister without portfolio after the 2010 election.

Under the expenses regime of 2007-8, peers whose main home was outside London could claim overnight subsistence for accommodation costs when the Lords was sitting. The rules state that they must have “incurred expenses” or made the claim “towards the costs of maintaining” a residence in the capital. This was most likely to include hotel charges, the rent on a flat or mortgage payments on a second home. Crucially, no receipts were required.

Warsi is the most highprofile peer whose expenses claims have been called into question. The Sunday Times has previously exposed a string of peers who abused the system, resulting in two members being jailed and three others being suspended.

Warsi, whose main home is in West Yorkshire, received the overnight allowance while she was staying at a three-storey terraced property in Acton owned by Dr Wafik Moustafa, a GP.

Moustafa, who has been a Tory party member for 23 years but recently fell out with Warsi, claimed she used the property over four months, with sole use of a bedroom on the second floor. He said she normally used his home between Monday and Thursday and occasionally at weekends.

“Baroness Warsi paid no rent, nor did she pay any utilities bills or council tax,” he said. “It was an informal arrangement, so no tenancy contract was drawn up.”

Moustafa, 63, added: “I’m not exactly sure how many days she stayed in total, but I believe my home was her main London residence [at the time].”

A friend of Warsi said she used Moustafa’s home “a small number of times” during six weeks from January to March in 2008 before she moved into her own flat in Wembley, northwest London.

The friend said: “On the few occasions when she could not get to a hotel and was staying in this property she claimed the overnight subsistence allowance — which was within the rules.”

Moustafa, however, claimed that Warsi also stayed at his house in early December 2007 — around the time she travelled to Sudan on a “mercy mission” to help a British teacher who had been jailed for allowing her pupils to name a teddy bear after the prophet Muhammad.

At the time Khan, who later became Warsi’s special adviser, was also staying in a separate room in the house as a non-paying guest of the owner.

Public records show that between October 15, 2007, when Warsi entered the Lords as shadow minister for community cohesion, and March 31, 2008, she claimed £12,247 in overnight subsistence — close to the maximum amount. Her claim equates to 74 nights, while the Lords sat for 84 days during that period.

The Sunday Times can find no evidence that Warsi used hotels between October and December 2007 while she was claiming the allowance. When asked to produce hotel receipts, the Tories declined to do so.

In her statement Warsi said she had bought a flat in Wembley in September 2007 but this was not due for completion until 2008. When she was on official business she stayed “predominantly” in two hotels. The completion date of the flat was delayed and “not having made advanced bookings for these hotels, there was a period of six weeks when I spent occasional nights at a flat in Acton, which was occupied by Naweed Khan, at the time a member of Conservative Campaign HQ staff”.

She added: “For the nights that I stayed as a guest of Naweed Khan, I made an appropriate payment equivalent to what I was paying at the time in hotel costs.”

Khan said: “I confirm she made a financial payment on each occasion, which compensated for the inconvenience caused and additional costs incurred by me as a result of her being there.”

A spokesman refused to say whether the payments were in cash or another form.

Their account was disputed by Moustafa: “He [Khan] introduced her to me but she came as a guest of mine. I even gave her the front-door key. Naweed Khan never paid me any money.”

When asked if Warsi had made any form of financial contribution, Moustafa said she had paid “not a penny”. He said Khan had lived at his home in a separate room for almost 18 months — also without paying rent or bills. Khan did not dispute this claim.

The Sunday Times investigation also revealed Warsi had failed to declare rental income she was receiving on the Wembley flat after she moved to another address closer to the Lords shortly after joining the cabinet in June 2010.

She amended her entry in the Lords register of interests last Monday — two days after The Sunday Times visited the block close to Wembley stadium. Agents in the area said Warsi could earn up to £1,200 a month in rent. She is believed to have been receiving rental income from the start of 2011, meaning her total undeclared income could have been as much as £20,000. Peers are required to register any rental income worth more than £5,000 in a calendar year.

In a statement, Warsi blamed an “oversight”, adding that “when the discrepancy became apparent this week, I immediately informed the registrar of Lords’ interests of its omission”. She said her ownership of the flat and the fact that it was being rented out was “fully disclosed to Cabinet Office officials and HM Revenue & Customs”.

A Conservative party spokesman said: “All Baroness Warsi’s claims were in accordance with House of Lords rules and reflected the fact that as a peer who lived outside London, she incurred costs when required to stay overnight in London on House of Lords business.”
Source: Sunday Times (£)


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The allegations of expenses abuse relate to the period shortly after Warsi entered the upper chamber in October 2007 and, in particular, the occasions on which she stayed at a smart terraced property in Acton, west London.

The three-storey house is owned by Dr Wafik Moustafa, an Egyptian-born GP and a fellow Tory party member.

Moustafa told The Sunday Times that Warsi used a bedroom on the top floor of his house intermittently over a four-month period. She had her own front door key — which he says he gave her — and she came and went as she pleased. Moustafa says she never offered to pay any rent or bills, nor did he ask her for any money.

“I sometimes used to give Baroness Warsi a lift in the morning to Acton Town Tube station, which is opposite my surgery, and even used to collect her from the House of Lords if I was in central London,” he said.

Moustafa, 63, said he was introduced to the high-flying peer by a Tory party official called Naweed Khan, who lived in his house — also rent-free — from July 2007 to November 2008, when Moustafa finally asked him to leave.

Khan, who is now Warsi’s special adviser, lived in a separate en suite room on the top floor of the house.

“Naweed also lived rent-free during that time and did not contribute to any household bills, including food shopping,” said Moustafa.

The Sunday Times has separately spoken to four other people who recall seeing Warsi at Moustafa’s home, including a district nurse who said Warsi once brought her daughter to stay.

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, who is Warsi’s parliamentary private secretary, said he had met the peer at the Acton address “a couple of times”.

“She wasn’t there permanently,” he said. “It’s when she was first appointed [to the Lords]. She needed a place to crash until she had a flat.”

When The Sunday Times first approached Warsi on Friday about her use of Moustafa’s home while claiming the overnight allowance, she referred all questions to aides at Conservative party headquarters.

They initially refused to say whether Warsi had paid any rent. Yesterday morning, they said that she had “made a financial contribution to the household”. Asked how much and in what form, the aides failed to elaborate.

Warsi did not release a more detailed explanation of her arrangements until The Sunday Times approached Downing Street for comment in the afternoon.

In a statement, leaked to other media, she bizarrely claimed that she had stayed as a “guest” of Khan and indicated that she had paid him instead of Moustafa.

This appeared to contradict what The Sunday Times had been told. Said Khadr, a Mayfair-based financier and a former senior police officer in Cairo, recalled Khan’s initial arrival at the home of his friend.

“One day, he [Moustafa] said ‘Naweed is going to stay with me’,” said Khadr. “I asked, ‘How much is he paying?’ He said, ‘Nothing.’ I got upset with him. I said, ‘You are not a charity, you have a mortgage to pay!’

“Later, Wafik told me that Naweed had brought Sayeeda Warsi to the house and that she was living there during the week ... I asked Wafik if she was paying rent? He said ‘No’. She didn’t offer and he didn’t ask.”

Moustafa admits that he gave Warsi and Khan free accommodation because he was hoping to further his own political career. He is chairman of the Conservative Arab Network (CAN), an organisation that has been in dispute with party headquarters.

Central Office no longer recognises CAN as an affiliated group and Warsi recently wrote to Moustafa threatening legal action if his organisation continues to use the Tory logo.

Back in 2008, they were good friends and Moustafa made at least four journeys to help Warsi move her possessions from Acton to a new two-bedroom flat she had bought in Wembley.

“She said it was well located for the Jubilee line, which goes straight to Westminster,” said Moustafa. “She was very pleased with her purchase because she told me she had managed to get two parking spaces.”

Last Saturday The Sunday Times went in search of the £220,000 flat in a modern development close to Wembley stadium. A reporter knocked on every single door to find out if Warsi had kept the property and may have been renting it out after moving closer to Westminster.

Two days later — last Monday — Warsi updated her entry on the Lords’ register of interests to state that she has a “flat in London NW from which rental income is received”.

She moved out of the flat in 2010 after joining the cabinet and is understood to have been renting it out since the start of 2011. In her statement yesterday, Warsi said: “Due to an oversight, for which I take full responsibility, the flat was not included on the register of Lords’ interests when its value and the rent received came to exceed the thresholds for disclosure.”
Source: The Sunday Times (£)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its wonderful indeed thet the Conservative party has reached out to the newcomers - even going so far as to embrace them within party ranks. Our future is assured with such fine people as the good moon worshipping Baroness steering the ship of state forward to White oblivion. Speak not the word genocide for it is simply a matter of natural movement - er the natural movement of millions and millions of third worlders grvitating naturally toward White countries. So much enrichment, its a pity the native Whites have so little time left to enjoy all that enrichment.

Anonymous said...

She should be sharing a cell with Udin
Paris Claims

Anonymous said...

Whole system is corrupt. This lady who seems to be very innocent,but it looks like that she is not happy with the cabinet minister salary that is why she wants more and more , it does not matter how? Not even disclosing the rental income what a personality. Any way, I do not understand why MPs are allowed for special treatments and allowances. Are they not earning enough as they are cheating on tax payers money? It is highly likely that Fraudist baroness Warsi should also be claiming housing, council tax and job seekers allowance at some time poins of her life. It needs a special investigations. Now we know she has one flat in wembley, God knows how many like this she has? These people buy the properties on their relatives names and after threshold waiting period go to job centre and let the tax payer pay their mortagage as well through the benefit agency. What a character? In my opinion all the allowances for all MPs, lords, etc ( i do not want to put l in lord as capital because majority of them are corrupt and do not deserve that) must be scrapped as they all are earning very well. One good example, peoples are commuting from Coventry or Birminham to London, they have to pay for their travels as well as for second home, why can,t the government give them these allownaces like MPs, at least they are hardworking. Lastly, I can only say that what normal hard working people deserve from the government (entire system) which is entirely corrupt from top to bottom. This country is a heaven only for two types of peoples first those who entirly depend on benefits and second MPs, lords etc. who earn the side income on behalf of tax payers.

Anonymous said...

I would have her and any other fraudster out on their ear a.s.a.p,she has wealthy husband and a home back in her own country so what are these people doing here,greedy imports.

Edgar Davidson said...

The latest news on Warsi is incredibly worrying. Her two new ministerial positions give her much greater authority than anything she has had before. And it appears that Warsi herself chose the two positions; they are the two ministries where her Muslim supremacist agenda can be used to the maximum. She is also now has a seat at the National Security Council meetings. And the main stream media is ignoring all this. See:
http://edgar1981.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/baroness-warsi-muslim-supremacist-still.html

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