MP explains trip to Venezuela

The Labour MP for Easington, Graeme Morris, has explained to the Commons why he made an all-expenses paid trip to Venezuela.

Graeme Morris was one of a number of MPs criticised by a national newspaper over foreign trips.

He said he apologised if he had misled the House, but that he had been open about - and written about - the study trip to Venezuela, and had put a question about the country's elections to the Foreign Secretary William Hague.

The Deputy Speaker Nigel Morris said no Commons rules had been broken.