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Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister Without Portfolio, responding to Sir Alex Allen’s verdict on Baroness Warsi, said:

“Sir Alex Allen's verdict that Baroness Warsi did break the Ministerial Code is no surprise. Nor is the fact that David Cameron has been quick to seize on his words in an attempt to clear her, even though the serious allegations over her House of Lords expenses are still under investigation.

“The real question posed by this affair is why David Cameron is still refusing to refer the much more serious breach of the Code by Jeremy Hunt - who misled Parliament on at least three occasions over the BSkyB bid - to the Independent Adviser.

“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.”

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