A HOUSE of Lords standards watchdog upheld a complaint against Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi over her failure to register rental income.
The Dewsbury peer, formerly co-chair of the Conservative Party, has accepted the finding and apologised, and the matter is now regarded as closed, said the House of Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee in a report.
Two other peers, Labour’s Lord Elder and Lord Willoughby de Broke, of the UK Independence Party (Ukip), were also found to have breached the Lords Code of Conduct.
The ruling by the independent Lords Commissioner for Standards, Paul Kernaghan follows a complaint from Labour MP John Mann that Lady Warsi failed to register an interest as the recipient of more than £5,000 from renting out a flat in Wembley after she moved closer to Westminster when she was appointed a minister in 2010.
However, Mr Kernaghan cleared Lady Warsi of a more serious allegation that she improperly claimed overnight subsistence allowance while staying in the spare room of a flat in Acton, west London, which was being rented by Tory official Naweed Khan.