Nadine Dorries - MP 'for free'

The controversial Mid Bedfordshire MP says she will no longer claim any of the personal parliamentary expenses she is entitled to after July.

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Nadine won't claim expenses any more

The controversial MP for Mid Bedfordshire Nadine Dorries says that from the end of July, she will no longer claim any personal parliamentary expenses.

The Conservative politician says she's doing it because she wants to reform the system, but Ms Dorries still faces an investigation over her previous expenses claims - as well as questions over her fee, for appearing on a reality TV show. Here is Elodie Harper's report.

Nadine Dorries to give up claiming expenses

Nadine Dorries MP for Mid Bedfordshire

Mid Bedfordshire Tory MP Nadine Dorries has said she will stop claiming parliamentary expenses

Ms Dorries, whose expenses are under investigation, said she is giving up claiming from the end of next month so she can argue for reform of the system.

In a posting on her website, she said her decision would mean she would effectively be working for her constituents for free.

Ms Dorries, who shot to fame with her appearance on the TV reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get me Out Of Here! - has frequently expressed exasperation with with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, and the new system imposed in the wake of the MPs' expenses scandal.

Writing on her blog, she said: "I can't talk about the Ipsa investigation until it reports other than to say that so far I am happy with the way the investigation has been conducted and I am looking forward to the report.

"However, separate from the investigation, I have made the decision to stop claiming any personal MP expenses and to fund my role as an MP from my salary. In effect, this will take most of my salary, which means I will be representing Mid Bedfordshire for free!


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