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The Prime Minister has hailed Baroness Warsi as "a great asset" to the Government after she was today cleared of wrongdoing over a foreign trip with a business associate.
Earlier this month David Cameron ordered an official investigation into whether the Conservative Party co-chairman had broken ministerial rules, after she after she admitted not fully declaring the facts about a trip to Pakistan.
This afternoon, the Prime Minister's standards adviser, Sir Alex Allan, cleared Baroness Warsi of serious wrongdoing.
Responding to the news, she said: "I have always maintained that I have never misused my ministerial office for personal or financial gain. The allegations on this matter were untrue and unsubstantiated and I am pleased that Sir Alex Allan’s report has confirmed that.
"The last month has been a difficult time for me and my family and I am pleased I can now move on from this period and get on with the job that I am privileged to do."
Mr Cameron said: "I asked Sir Alex Allan to look into allegations that Baroness Warsi had breached the ministerial code. He has reported back to me and I am satisfied with the conclusion he has reached that at no point did she use her office for any personal financial gain.
"He found that while there was a breach of the code it was a minor one for which Baroness Warsi has already apologised. Baroness Warsi is a great asset in building our reputation overseas and representing the British Government abroad in her role as Minister without Portfolio."
Labour’s Shadow Minister Without Portfolio, Michael Dugher, says Sir Alex Allen's verdict was "no surprise", but says the "real question" posed by this affair is why Mr Cameron "is still refusing to refer the much more serious breach of the Code by Jeremy Hunt".
“The truth is that he is still bending over backwards to protect a discredited minister, because he is still trying to cover up his own serious error of judgement in appointing Jeremy Hunt in the first place," he said.
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