Watchdog publishes Dorries report

Tory MP Nadine Dorries should apologise to the House of Commons and register all her income from media work, a standards watchdog has recommended following an investigation into her appearance on I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!

Dorries reacts to investigation report

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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

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Dorries made £82k from writing and media appearances

Standards Commissioner Kathryn Hudson found that the payments made to Ms Dorries as a result of her appearance on the show should have been declared.

Ms Dorries updated her entry on the register of MPs' interests at the end of October, covering the previous 12 months.

It showed Averbrook's gross income was £142,000, giving a profit of £82,000, and that Ms Dorries had taken a £10,000 dividend on October 30.

She spent approximately 60 days working on Averbrook's projects, which were described as "writing and media appearances".

In its conclusion the committee said:

Ms Dorries must register the details required by the rules. That leaves her initial failure to abide by the registrar's advice, and her attitude toward the Commissioner's inquiry.

The House's Code of Conduct and disciplinary system depend on Members being prepared to explain their conduct, to submit to public scrutiny and where necessary, to respond to the Commissioner's inquiries.

The committee said Ms Dorries should consult the registrar within 21 days about the detail of her entry on the register.

"We will monitor Ms Dorries's compliance and will recommend further action if necessary," the report said.

Dorries' TV appearance linked to 'work in the House'

Tory MP Nadine Dorries should apologise to the Commons and properly register income from all her media work, a standards watchdog has recommended.

Standards Commissioner Kathryn Hudson found that the payments made to Ms Dorries as a result of her appearance on the show should have been declared.

The committee's report said: "Ms Dorries contended that such payments were made to a company, Averbrook Ltd, of which she is a director, and that she was not required to register income received by the company, but only any remuneration she drew from it.

We find it hard to believe she would have been invited to appear on I'm a Celebrity if she had not come to public prominence as a Member of the House.

It is clear that Ms Dorries's media work was remunerated, whether or not those payments were made to her or to her company.

We agree with the Commissioner that Ms Dorries should have registered payments for such media services even though those payments were made through Averbrook Ltd."

– Standards Committee

The report said that, while her media work may not have influenced her representation of her Mid Bedfordshire seat, it was "likely to have been linked to her work in the House".

You can read the report in full on the Standards Committee website.

Commons committee completes Dorries investigation

Tory MP Nadine Dorries should apologise to the Commons and properly register income from all her media work, a standards watchdog has recommended.

The statement was issued by the House of Commons Standards Committee after investigating her appearance on ITV show I'm a Celebrity ...Get Me Out of Here!

The Committee found Ms Dorries had failed to abide by the registrar's advice and had breached the code through her "attitude to the Commissioner's inquiries".

She refused to declare to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards how much she'd earned from the show because of a confidentiality agreement.

The committee recommended Ms Dorries registers all payments in respect of her employment and "apologises to the House by way of a personal statement".

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