MP Nadine Dorries apologises to Parliament over I’m A Celebrity earnings
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MP Nadine Dorries apologised to the House of Commons yesterday (Monday) for breaching the rules relating to registering her media earnings.
An investigation by the Parliamentary Standards Committee found that earnings from her appearance on ITV reality TV show I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! in November last year should have been declared.
The report said that, in spite of Ms Dorries’s reluctance to provide the precise information requested by Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Hudson, the MP for Mid Bedfordshire had provided evidence that since October 2012 her income from media appearances had been paid to her.
For the year ending on October 31, Ms Dorries’ company Averbrook Ltd received a gross income of approximately £142,000, giving a profit of £82,000. A dividend payment of £10,000 was paid to Ms Dorries on October 30.
Ms Dorries spent approximately 60 days working on Averbrook’s projects, which were described as ‘writing and media appearances’.
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In her statement to the House of Commons, she said: “I wish to apologise fully and unreservedly for what was a genuine and inadvertent breach of the rules which I have at all times sought to comply with.”
The committee said: “It is clear that Ms Dorries’ media work was remunerated, whether or not those payments were made to her or to her company. We agree with the commissioner that Ms Dorries should have registered payments for such media services even though those payments were made through Averbrook Ltd.”
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Ms Dorries was recommended to register all payments in respect of her employment, whether or not they have been channelled through Averbrook Ltd or any other third party and apologise to the House by way of a personal statement.
The committee has asked Ms Dorries to consult the registrar within 21 days about registering her media earnings.