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...

Man guilty of killing mother of three

A 51-year-old Luton man has been convicted of the murder of the mother of three he was having an affair with.   A jury at St Albans Crown Court this morning found Sultan Khan, of Durbar Road, guilty of the murder of Shobna Jethwa, 46, at her home in Butely Road, Luton, on September 9, 2011. She had been stabbed 20 times in what was described as a frenzied attack, following an argument, and was found by two of her children when they came home from school. Speaking after the conclusion of the trial, Det Sgt Sam Khanna, from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit said: “Shobhna Jethwa was a much-loved mother of three children who died in appalling circumstances. “Her family will never forget the distress they felt on that day when they found her body in their own home. Her death has left a huge gap in their young lives which will never be filled. Our sympathy goes out to them. “Today’s result is the first step in their attempt to move forward and we hope from this point on they can begin the process of starting to rebuild their lives.”      ...

New jet terminal for business users at Luton Airport

A new passenger terminal and hangar are being built at Luton Airport for business users and private jets. Signature Flight Support says its hangar will be able to house two jets and could be finished by the autumn. The new passenger terminal, which could open by the end of next year, will include conference and catering facilities. Signature said the new terminal and hangar would replace its existing facility, which it bought in 2000. Maria Sastre, president and chief operating officer, said the new services would provide a “world-class travel experience”....

UK construction faces ‘decade of pain’

The construction industry in the UK will not recover its pre-recession peak level of output until 2022, says a study by an industry lobby group. The bleak outlook follows “one of the most difficult periods since World War II”, the Construction Skills Network report said. The sector lost 60,000 jobs in 2012, while output fell 9%, in large part because of public spending cuts. Construction employment is expected to continue to fall every year until 2016. “Construction found itself at the heart of a perfect storm in 2012,” said Judy Lowe, deputy director of CITB-ConstructionSkills, the industry training body that put the report together. The sector had been “hit hard by a combination of public sector spending cuts and a lack of investment in the private sector”, she added. Public sector construction fell 20% last year, while infrastructure fell 15%, commercial construction 10% and private housing 5%. The report claimed that Greater London would provide the only major bright spot over the coming five years, with most other parts of the country suffering continued contraction. Activity in Wales would be boosted by the building of the Wylfra nuclear power plant, while the North East would enjoy a rebound from what has been a particularly nasty slump. Employment in the sector is expected to pick up in the East of England and Greater London, but nowhere else.   Original Source:...

What an absolute whopper! Angler wins fishing contest with monster fish he STOLE from aquarium

As far as lies go, this one is an absolute whopper. For this slippery angler stole a huge bass from an aquarium – before pretending he had caught to win a sea fishing contest. Cheating Matthew Clark, 29, took the first prize, worth £800, and proudly posed for photos clutching the 13lb whopper that he had pinched on the final day of the competition. But a rival angler recognised the monster fish following a trip to the aquarium in Guernsey and police were called in to investigate. Clark was yesterday given 100 hours’ community service after admitting burglary and fraud. He was allowed to walk free after taking a two-year oath of good behaviour. He will face jail if he breaks the terms. Clark owed the manager of the island’s St Peter Port Aquarium £1,500 so hatched a plan to break into the aquarium, steal the bass and then return it while paying off some of his debt. In July last year, on the last day of the Bailiwick Bass Club Open Competition, Clark scaled cliffs, climbed a rope ladder and snuck into the aquarium through a back door. He dropped and injured the fish while racing to get his “catch” to the 8pm weigh-in at a nearby fishing shop. The bass tipped the scales at 13lb 13oz – easily beating the runner-up which weighed 10lb 3oz. Clark, of St Sampson, Guernsey, was congratulated by beaten anglers and was due to pick up his winnings later in the week. But fellow competitor Shane Bentley, 38, was convinced he had seen the bass somewhere before. He said: “My wife and I took...