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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!


Nadine voted off 'I'm A Celebrity'

Nadine Dorries MP is out of the jungle Credit: ITV

After just over a fortnight in the jungle Nadine Dorries - MP for Mid Bedfordshire - was the first to be voted off.

Her trip to Australia may have caused controversy but she says she has no regrets:

"What I know is that 12 million people watch this programme and I reckon out of those people a handful are probably MPs and people in the Lords and it really is important, I think, that what MPs realise is that you need to go where people go and understand why they go there."

Nadine Dorries out of the jungle

It's caused plenty of controversy, and certainly made the headlines, but Nadine Dorries's stay in the jungle has proved to be shortlived.

The Mid-Bedfordshire MP was tonight the first contestant to be voted off this year's 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' after just over a fortnight.

But despite being criticised for taking part in the show, she said she had no regrets.

Abortion debate - Health Minister accused of imposing personal beliefs

Mid Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries has accused Health Minister, Anna Soubry, of imposing her own personal beliefs on Government policy. The accusation came after the Government decided to ditch proposals to ban abortion clinics from offering advice to women seeking terminations:

This is quite bizarre. What Anna Soubry has said today doesn't improve services for women...The Government has decided that it is not the right decision, and what makes it even more bizarre is that the British medical Association voted to support the consultation."

– Nadine Dorries MP, Mid Bedfordshire, Con

Pro-life campaigners like Ms Dorries, have argued that there is a conflict of interest with clinics run by Marie Stopes and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service offering advice as many women go on to have abortions.

Ms Dorries wants women to have to take advice from counselling services seperate to the clinics. While Ms Soubry agreed that counselling was patchy throughout the NHS, as the Government doesn't intend to change the law the consultation was unnecessary.

...if a woman is going to have a termination, she does it as quickly and as soon as possible and that was the unanimous agreement of the committee and I welcome that."

– Anna Soubry MP, Health Minister