Stephen Dorrell cleared of not declaring financial links to care home owners

Stephen Dorrell Credit: PA Pictures

The Conservative MP for Charnwood Stephen Dorrell has been cleared by a Parliamentary inquiry into whether he should have declared financial links with care home owners.

It emerged in November that the Health Select Committee chairman had sold his London home to friends at a reported £70,000 profit and was using Commons expenses to rent it back from them.

His new landlords run a chain of care homes and his committee has been carrying out an inquiry into social care. But Parliamentary Standards Commissioner John Lyon has rejected claims that Mr Dorrell broke rules by failing to declare the deal.