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UK minister steps down pending investigation

A BRITISH government minister stepped down today pending an investigation of allegations that he paid below-market rent for a house, the highest profile casualty so far of a growing expenses scandal.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has asked his independent adviser on ministerial interests, Philip Mawer, to investigate the allegations about junior Justice Minister Shahid Malik made in The Daily Telegraph newspaper today.

"Pending the outcome of that urgent investigation Shahid Malik will be stepping down as minister," Brown's spokesman said.


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