Baroness Uddin faces suspension over expenses claim

BARONESS Uddin faces suspension from the House of Lords until Easter 2012 and ordered to pay back �125,000 she had claimed as mileage and overnight allowances from the House of Lords.

She was the Bangladeshi woman to become a councillor in the UK when she took her seat on tower Hamlets council in 1990 and in 1998 became the first Muslim Bangladeshi women to take a seat in the House of Lords.

Recommendations set out in a report from House Of Lords the committee of privileges and conduct suggested that she should be suspended as a peer until 2012 after claiming that her flat in Maidstone was her main home and claiming mileage to and from the property during weekends when the House was sitting.

An investigation by the house of Lords sub-committee into Lords Conduct ruled that she was not entitled to designate it as her main residence.

She had used a property in Garnett Street, Wapping, as her family home since 1993 and was entitled to designate that as her main residence.

In her appeal to the House Baroness Uddin said she had been advised that she could designate the Maidstone property as her main home.

The recommendation will be debated in the House of Lords on Thursday.