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Nadine has whip restored after apologising for TV appearance

Nadine Dorries has had the Conservative whip restored after apologising for taking part without permission in ITV's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

A Conservative Party spokesman said current chief Sir George Young had restored the whip "with immediate effect" after a meeting this afternoon.

Nadine has apologised to the Chief Whip for absenting herself from her parliamentary duties without permission and has given assurances to the Whips Office that she will follow the same procedure as other Conservative Members of Parliament before going away when the House is sitting.

– Conservative Party Spokesman

Confirmation Nadine is back in the fold

ITV News Anglia Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson has spoken to Nadine Dorries and has confirmed she has had the whip reinstated.

There had been some concerns the Mid Bedfordshire MP was being courted by UKIP.


Dorries vows to fight expenses investigation

Nadine Dorries has vowed to 'go after' the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority after it was revealed an investigation into her expenses claim was launched.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority said they had reason to believe Ms Dorries may have been paid travel and accommodation costs she was not entitled to.

A defiant Ms Dorries vowed to "go after" Ipsa, claiming the expenses body had simply targeted a high-profile MP to justify its funding.

She insisted she was "totally relaxed" about the allegations, saying they were completely unfounded.

They need a high-profile MP to go after to justify their millions in funding. Well I'm going to go after them. All they want to do is get attention to show Ipsa is doing its job.

– Nadine Dorries MP

Mid-Bedfordshire MP under investigation by watchdog

Nadine Dorries: Under investigation

Mid-Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries is facing an investigation into her expenses claim by a parliamentary watchdog.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's Peter Davis said he had reason to believe Ms Dorries may have been paid travel and accommodation costs she was not entitled to.

"An investigation will be conducted into claims submitted under the following areas of the third and fourth editions of the MPs' scheme of business costs and expense - accommodation expenditure, travel and subsistence," he said in a statement.

Nadine Dorries speaks in gay debate

Ex-Tory MP Nadine Dorries has been speaking in the debate on gay marriage. The Mid Bedfordshire MP said the Bill did not create equality but highlighted inequalities which will always be there.

This Bill in no way makes a requirement of faithfulness from same sex couples - in fact it does the opposite. In a heterosexual marriage, a couple can divorce for adultery, the legal requirement is if you have sex with a member of the opposite sex.

"A gay couple have no obligation to make that vow because they do not have to forsake all others because they cannot divorce for adultery - there is no requirement for faithfulness.

"And if there is no requirement of faithfulness, what is a marriage?"

– Nadine Dorries MP
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