Cleaner defies baroness

Author: By Nigel Morris, Deputy Political Editor

Lady Scotland’s claim that she scrutinised Loloahi Tapui’s passport to check she was entitled to work in Britain was flatly contradicted by the 27-year-old Tongan in The Mail on Sunday. The UK Border Agency, administered by the Home Office, concluded its inquiry by imposing a £5,000 fine on the Attorney-General. The disparity between the two accounts led to fresh demands from opposition parties for Lady Scotland’s resignation.

The Attorney-General has maintained she saw all of Ms Tapui’s necessary documents, including her passport, before employing her six months ago as her £6-an-hour cleaner.

But Ms Tapui said: “I’ll take a lie detector test if I have to, if she’s saying I provided a passport. I didn’t.” She insisted she showed Lady Scotland only her marriage certificate, her P45 and payslips from a previous employer during a 10-minute interview.

Officials from the UK Border Agency found a Tongan passport, apparently with a forged and out-of-date visa, in Ms Tapui’s flat in Chiswick, west London.

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