Mid Beds MP cleared after second home investigation

CONSERVATIVE MP for Mid Bedfordshire, Nadine Dorries, has been cleared today (Thursday) of any wrong doing following a 15 month inquiry into her use of parliamentary allowances.

Ms Dorries was investigated by the Commons watchdog after a complaint was made by a BNP member into the use of her second home.

It was alleged that her rented home in the small town of Woburn was in fact Ms Dorries’ main residence, which is in the Cotswolds.

She said: “It is a relief that after fifteen months I can once again hold my head up. I am delighted to have my name cleared.

“Over 52 per cent of my constituents who know me were wonderful and put their faith in me once again at the 2005 election returning me with a massively increased majority of over 15,000.

“I am thankful that I can now demonstrate their faith was well placed.”

The parliamentary commissioner for standards, John Lyon, published the report which cleared Ms Dorries and a draft of the document states:

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“My overall conclusion is that Ms Dorries was not in breach of the rules of the House in claiming against Parliamentary allowances for her constituency home.”