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Baroness's housekeeper arrested

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Loloahi Tapui leaving after meeting with publicist Max Clifford

A housekeeper who worked illegally for Attorney General Baroness Scotland has been arrested, police have said.

Tongan Loloahi Tapui, 27, and a man aged 40 thought to be her husband, were arrested by UK Border Agency staff at their home in West London on Wednesday.

Police said they were arrested over alleged immigration offences and both bailed until next month.

Baroness Scotland's job is under pressure after she was ordered to pay a £5,000 fine by the UK Border Agency.

The agency said the attorney general had taken steps to check that Ms Tapui was eligible to work, but had not kept copies of the documents, as required by law.

Baroness Scotland apologised for what she called a "technical breach", but opposition parties have called on her to resign.

Gordon Brown has insisted she acted in "good faith" and should not lose her job over the matter.

But on Wednesday, MP Stephen Hesford quit his post as parliamentary aide to Solicitor General Vera Baird in protest at Baroness Scotland's refusal to step down.

Baroness Scotland is the government's chief legal adviser and oversees criminal prosecutions in England and Wales.



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