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Dorries apologises for 'genuinely inadvertent breach'

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has apologised to the Commons for what she called "a genuinely inadvertent breach of the rules" relating to registering her fee for I'm A Celebrity.

Ms Dorries said in a statement, "I wish to apologise to the House fully and unreservedly for what was a genuinely inadvertent breach of the rules which I have at all times sought to comply ply with."

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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.

MP Dorries told to apologise for not registering TV work

Nadine Dorries was suspended by her party when she appeared on an ITV reality show. Credit: ITV

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

Ms Dorries refused to declare to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards how much she earned from the reality show because of a confidentiality agreement with ITV.

The House of Commons Standards 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".

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


Ex-Busted member joins Birds Of A Feather

Classic sitcom Birds Of A Feather has a new face in the guise of former Busted member Matt Willis.

The show is being brought back to life by ITV more than a decade after it ended in 1998 on BBC1, reuniting Pauline Quirke with her screen sister Linda Robson.

Matt Willis (above) is trading in his guitar for a turn at acting in the new series of Birds Of A Feather. Credit: PA

The former I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! champion will play Robson's elder son Garthy when the sitcom returns to our screens next spring.

Pauline Quirke's real-life son will play his younger brother Travis, reprising the role he has been performing in a Birds Of The Feather live show which has toured the UK.

An excited Willis dubbed the role "just a dream job" and was gobsmacked to be working alongside the original cast: "I used to watch the show growing up so this is just a dream job. I can't believe I'll be working with Sharon, Tracey and Dorien."

Nadine Dorries: 'I would love to do Strictly Come Dancing'

Nadine Dorries who only had the Conservative whip restored last month after an unauthorised trip to the jungle for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, appears to have caught the reality television bug, after making a pitch to appear on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

Nadine Dorries arrives back at Heathrow after her appearance on I'm a Celebrity...! Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

In an interview with Total Politics magazine, she said: "I definitely would do more reality stuff. My constituents absolutely love it, because they've got someone of their own, who they see in Tesco, on there... I'd love to do Strictly Come Dancing - who knows?"

'Adds insult to injury' if Dorries failed to declare earnings

It is absolutely right that MPs have to publicise any additional income they receive for other work. It helps constituents to make an informed judgement about their MP's performance at election time.

Mid Bedfordshire residents already have the right to feel let down after Nadine Dorries abandoned them for the jungle - but if she has failed to be straight about what she was paid for the caper, that will only add insult to injury.

At a time when politicians are again in the spotlight over their outside interests, the public expect and deserve nothing less than complete transparency.

– Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance

Nadine Dorries: 'anything I earn I declare'

Mid Bedford MP Nadine Dorries has said defended her earnings record and said that she declares everything she earns as she faces a new probe in to her I'm A Celebrity... earnings.

Ms Dorries recently told the BBC's Sunday Politics programme she had not "personally" benefited from going into the jungle.

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