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'Baroness paid only pounds 6 an hour'.

Byline: JAMES LYONS

BARONESS Scotland paid her illegal cleaner just pounds 6 an hour, it was revealed yesterday.

Loloahi Tapui got just 27p more than the minimum wage to clean the Attorney General's pounds 2million West London home - a third less than the average pounds 9 rate in exclusive Chiswick.

Ms Tapui, 27, exposed the peer's stinginess as she also insisted Lady Scotland never asked to see her passport as she says she did - which would have shown she couldn't work in Britain - in a Sunday newspaper.

The Tongan claimed her job interview lasted just 10 minutes.

But Gordon Brown, who refused to sack the Baroness when she was fined pounds 5,000 for failing to keep copies of Ms Tapui's employment papers, again stood by her yesterday.

The Prime Minister told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show she "acted in good faith" and "would dispute what the person says".

He added: "The most important thing is that the Borders Control Agency looked at this."

Ms Tapui and Serbian-born husband Alexander Zivancevic were arrested on Wednesday.

But aide Stephen Hesford quit over the Baroness's refusal to resign. And yesterday both the Tories and Lib Dems again called her position "untenable".

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Date:Sep 28, 2009
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