Uddin out of Parliament until expenses repaid

Baroness Uddin Photo: Baronessuddin.com

Tower Hamlets peer Baroness Pola Uddin will not be able to return to Parliament unless she pays back the £125,000 she wrongly claimed in expenses.

The House of Lords told the East London Advertiser the peer, 52, was “still suspended and will not be allowed to return unless all the money is repaid.”

The house will hold a vote, expected in May, on whether the MP’s suspension should be extended if she does not pay back the money before the next Queen’s Speech.

Baroness Uddin was suspended in October 2010 following the finding of the Parliamentary expenses committee. They found that from 2005 to 2010, the MP named a flat in Kent as her main residence while living in a housing association property in Wapping.

She claimed £125,349 in night subsistence and mileage allowance. Following her appeal, there is a possibility the MP could return when the current parliament ends, predicted in April.

EastLondonLines previously reported on her potential return to the Lords in November 2011 and in December 2011, it was reported she would have to pay the expenses.


Leave a Reply