Mid Beds MP says her blog is 70% fiction
THE MP for Mid Beds, who was recently cleared of any wrong doing after a 15 month investigation into her parliamentary allowances, has revealed that her blog is “70 per cent fiction and 30 per cent fact”.
Nadine Dorries, a prolific political blogger and tweeter, told BBC Radio 4’s PM, a current affairs programme, that she had written “fiction” to protect her family and staff during the investigation.
Ms Dorries, a Conservative, yesterday (Thursday) wrote on her website that: “Everyone is getting very excited about my comments regarding my blog.
“My blog conceals IDs, times, dates, and is often out of synch.
“This is because I have had more than my fair share of inappropriate attention to deal with.
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“For example - when I do blog exactly where I am going to be - we find ourselves having to deal with some very strange and un-invited people.
“I suppose if any of my blog were truly fiction, I could call myself a journalist.”
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Parliamentary commissioner for standards, John Lyon, yesterday rejected claims made by a BNP spokesman that Ms Dorries lied about where her second home was and made inappropriate claims.
However she was criticised by the MP’s standards watchdog for giving the impression on her blog that she spent more time at her constituency home in Woburn than she really did.
She told the BBC she would continue to blog and said “I have been as honest as any MP can be with my constituents”.
Explaining the discrepancy to the watchdog she said: “My blog is 70 per cent fiction and 30 per cent fact”.
“It is written as a tool to enable my constituents to know me better and to reassure them of my commitments to Mid Bedfordshire.
“I rely heavily on poetic licence and frequently replace one place/name/event/fact with another.”