MP blames dog days for absence

Nadine Dorries Credit: PA

The Mid-Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries has said she's often unable to use her taxpayer funded flat in London as she has to go home to look after her elderly dog.

Ms Dorries, who appeared on ITV's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, is facing an investigation into her travel and accommodation expenses by the parliamentary watchdog IPSA.

But writing on her blog she denied any wrongdoing - saying she stays at the property routinely, and has not sub-let it illegally.