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Author 'delighted' over calls to ban his parenting book

The author of a book that advocates beating children under a year old with paddles said he was "delighted" to discover a Tory MP was calling for it to be banned on Amazon's website.

Michael Pearl told BBC Radio 5 Live that if the book is removed from the retailer's website, he will "advertise it as 'the book banned in the UK'".

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries asked the Commons yesterday if Parliament could apply pressure on Amazon to remove To Train Up A Child.

Mr Pearl told the radio station: "I was delighted to hear that Parliament might ban my book, if they do, I will immediately advertise it as 'the book banned in the UK' and...we will end up selling another 100,000 books directly to the UK."

"The British defeated the Nazi's with planes and tanks and now they stoop to defeating ideas with censorship," he added.

Dorries: Parenting book 'advocates beating of children'

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries asked House of Commons leader Andrew Lansley to bring the issue of a book that "advocates the beating of children" to Parliament in a bid to pressurise Amazon into removing it from their website.

I'm rising to ask you if you can use your good office to apply pressure on an issue which has come to my attention in the last 24 hours.

It's regarding a book which is for sale on Amazon called To Train Up A Child by Michael and Debi Pearl. It actually advocates the beating of children under the age of 12 months using a switch.

The book recommends that switch be cut from a willow tree and be no longer than 12 inches in length and 8cm in diameter.

The book advocates the use of paddles, rulers and other means to beat children from four months onwards.

– Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP


MP urges Amazon to ban parenting 'child beatings' book

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has urged Amazon to remove a book that advocates beating children under a year old with paddles, rulers and implements fashioned from trees.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has urged Amazon to ban the book To Train Up A Child. Credit: PA

The controversial book To Train Up A Child should be taken off the online retailer's website as it advocates child abuse, Ms Dorries said.

The book's authors, Debi and Michael Pearl, run their own No Greater Joy Christian ministry and Mr Pearl describes himself as a "pastor, missionary, and evangelist for over 40 years", according to his website.

Ms Dorries asked Commons leader Andrew Lansley to bring the issue to Parliament to apply pressure on Amazon to remove the book, first published in 1994, from sale.

'Gifted storyteller' Nadine Dorries to publish triology

The Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire, appeared on last year's I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! Credit: PA Wire

MP Nadine Dorries has signed a "six-figure" deal to write three novels based on her childhood in Liverpool.

The Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire, who appeared on last year's I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!, will publish the first part of the trilogy next year.

Publishers Head of Zeus said the novel, called The Four Streets, is one of three "set in 1950s Liverpool about Irish Catholic families struggling against poverty, hardship and abuse", and will be published in April.

Editor Rosie de Courcy said: "I absolutely adored this novel from first word to last. Nadine is one of the most naturally gifted storytellers I have ever come across, with a magical ability to create characters you believe in and a heart-stopping way with words."

Dorries repays £3,000 in 'wrongfully made' expenses

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has repaid £3,000.72 in travel expenses after accepting the claims were "wrongfully made and should not have been allowed", the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) said.

Mid Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries has repaid £3,000 in 'wrongfully made' travel expenses. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The IPSA report added, "Ms Dorries believes that she has acted within the principles of the scheme and that there has been no deliberate wrongdoing."

Nadine Dorries: 'I'm going to be working for nothing'

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries told Daybreak "I'm going to be working for nothing" after her decision to stop claiming parliamentary expenses.

Ms Dorries, who represents the Mid Bedfordshire constituency, said her salary will go towards paying for her second home in Westminster "which I need to do my job".

The MP said she thinks the expenses system should be scrapped, adding, "I can't campaign for the scrapping of expenses if I am drawing expenses".


Nadine Dorries 'will stop claiming expenses'

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has announced that she will no longer claim personal expenses from July.

The Mid Bedfordshire MP said that she will stop claiming for the costs of her second home, travel expenses and council tax and will instead fund these through her salary.

Nadine Dorries has said she will no longer claim expenses. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Conservative MP is currently under a Westminster investigation in to expenses claims. In a statement on her website Ms Dorries said:

"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!"

Ms Dorries said she will still claim the costs of running her office, postage and staff salaries and constituency mileage.

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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