Home Secretary faces 'sleaze' probe

HOME Secretary Jacqui Smith is to face a parliamentary “sleaze” investigation over her second home allowance after newspaper allegations that she did spend most of her week there.

Graham Dines

HOME Secretary Jacqui Smith is to face a parliamentary “sleaze” investigation over her second home allowance after newspaper allegations that she did spend most of her week there.

A spokesman for the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, John Lyon, said he had now accepted a complaint against Ms Smith, after previously rejecting two requests to investigate Ms Smith over her decision to designate her sister's house in London - where she stays when she is in the capital - as her main home.

She has claimed at least �116,000 in second home allowances on her constituency home in Redditch, Worcestershire, since becoming an MP. Ms Smith has consistently denied any wrongdoing, insisting that she had written approval from the Commons Fees Office for her arrangements.


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