London Lite Thursday, 17 September 2009 Hygieneispooratclosedfarm BRITAINS border agency was today urged to investigate the Attorney General for allegedly employing an illegal immigrant. Baroness Scotland, the Governments chief law officer, sacked her Tongan housekeeper Loloahi Tapui after it emerged that she was reportedly work- ing illegally. But MPs today warned that Lady Scotland must not be treated differently from other firms or individuals who employ illegal immigrants. Tory MP Patrick Mercer, who sits on the Commons home affairs select com- mittee, said: The border agency needs to look into this with some urgency. Ministers certainly cant be above the law. If Lady Scotland was found to have breached immigration employment rules, she could be fined up to 10,000, though a smaller penalty of 2,500 can be imposed for a partial failure to fully check employees documents. Lady Scotland, who as Attorney General is responsible for all court litigation, insisted that she had believed Ms Tapui, 27, was entitled to work in Britain. She had been looking after Lady Scotlands 2m family home in west London, which she shares with her barrister husband Richard Mawhinney and their two teen- age sons, for six months. But she allegedly had been living in Britain illegally for five years after overstaying a student visa. Lady Scotlands office announced that Ms Tapui had been dismissed after details of her immigration status became known. Baroness Scotland has never know- ingly employed an illegal immigrant, her aides said in a statement. She hired Ms Tapui in good faith and saw documents which led her to believe that Ms Tapui was entitled to work in this country. Ms Tapui lives locally and is understood to be married to a British national. Prior to being hired by Baroness Scotland she was in registered employment. She is registered for tax and insurance. But shadow home secretary Chris Grayling said: Any other employer would face investiga- tion and possible proceedings in these circumstances. I cant see why they should make any exception in her case. Ms Tapui reportedly said she still used her National Insurance number which she was given as a student in the UK. T he case is dee ply embarrassing for Lady Scotland as she was a Home Office minister in 2006 when new regula- tions to crack down on illegal working were pushed through. Controversy: Baroness Scotland sacked Ms Tapui So You Wanna Be In TV? Come to our We Tell It Like It Is session! Is TV the right career for you? How to get that first job in TV? - 95 0207 639 0942 / 0775 864 8873 of the children in hospital described as seriously ill. A spokeswoman said the Health Protection Agency was not aware of any cases of E.coli O157 linked to Horton Park Childrens Farm, but added: The hygiene arrangements were found to be unsatisfactory and the HPA advised the local authority that the farm should be closed immediately. The owners of the farm said there is no link between animals at Godstone and the farm at Epsom. Although the two farms are sister organisations and are run by the same management, animals at the two farms have not been in contact. A boy of three is the latest victim of the Godstone E.coli outbreak, just weeks after he recovered from swine flu. Harry Dolby, from Sidcup, developed E.coli on Sunday and is in a hospital isolation unit. His condition is said to be deteriorating. A Horton Park Childrens Farm spokeswoman said the decision to close the farm yesterday evening was made because of the perceived slight risk to children. She said: The farm has no suspected or actual cases of E.coli. This is a preventative measure. The Godstone outbreak is believed to have started on 8 August but it is thought E.colis long incubation period meant the HPA did not learn about the first case connected to the farm until 27 August. E From Page 1 Isolated: E.coli victim Harry Dolby, three, is deteriorating by GeorGina littlejohn Attorney General faces investigation over illegal cleaner Housekeeper: Loloahi Tapui looked after 2m home Patients to pick their own docs PATIENTS will be able to register with the doctor of their choice within the next 12 months. Removal of practice boundaries will make life easier for people from busy mothers to commuting workers, health secretary Andy Burnham said today. Carer stabbed in eye by teen girl A SOCIAL worker was stabbed in the eye with a pen by an 18-year-old girl, police revealed today. The carer, thought to be in her 40s, was set upon in her Croydon office last month as she discussed social needs with the alleged attacker. H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html