Dorries forced to apologise over TV appearance fees

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries appeared on I'm A Celebrity last year.
Conservative MP Nadine Dorries appeared on I'm A Celebrity last year. Photo: ITV/I'm A Celebrity

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has been forced to apologise to the Commons for failing to properly register her media earnings - including a fee for appearing on I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

In a short personal statement, Ms Dorries told MPs she apologised "fully and unreservedly" for what was "a genuinely inadvertent breach of the rules".

The Commons Standards Committee found that she should have declared earnings for media work channelled through Averbrook Ltd., of which she is a director.

ITV News' deputy political editor Chris Ship reports:

The pressure is now on Ms Dorries to disclose how much she was paid for her appearance on the show in November last year.

However, she claims it would breach a confidentiality clause in the ITV contract.

The committee was also critical of the Mid Bedfordshire MP for failing to co-operate fully with an investigation by Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Kathryn Hudson.

Ms Dorries wrote on Twitter following her statement:

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Can we keep the perspective here .. the MP's failure to register her financial interest was "inadvertent" rather than deliberate.

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Some people seem to be slightly confused and think i don't pay tax - I do - fully. The Standards Commissioner is not the inland Revenue

The committee said Ms Dorries should properly register all payments, whether they were to Averbrook or any other third party, and apologise to the House.