MP Nadine Dorries faces expenses investigation

MP Nadine Dorries faces expenses investigation

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has said it will investigate expenses claims submitted by MP Nadine Dorries. Ms Dorries, who represents Mid Bedfordshire, faces an inquiry into her spending on accommodation and travel. In a statement, IPSA said it had reason to believe she had received expenses “that should not have been allowed”. But the MP, who was suspended from the Conservatives in November, said there was “no foundation” to the claims. The withdrawal of the party whip from Ms Dorries followed her decision to take part in the ITV show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. Ms Dorries, a former nurse who has been an MP since 2005, is currently sitting as an independent. ‘Mad’ She told the BBC she believed the inquiry had been triggered by her accommodation costs for the apartment she rents in Westminster. Continue reading the main story In May, June and July last year, her claims were slightly higher than usual, she said, because her daughter was staying with her. She also said it may have been prompted by a mistake by her parliamentary assistant, who accidentally claimed twice for petrol costs. The MP said: “I have never claimed a penny in my expenses that I shouldn’t have claimed. There is absolutely no foundation to this investigation by IPSA. They suspect that I sublet my flat for three months. I certainly didn’t. “Any MP that went through the MP’s expenses scandal would have to be mad to have sublet any property since.” A spokesman for IPSA confirmed the focus was on claims made in 2011 and 2012, but declined to...