Nadine Dorries: "Most Hounded" MP Claims

8 June 2013, 06:36

Mid-Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries has complained of being "hounded'' after it emerged she faces a sleaze probe into whether she should have declared payment for appearing on "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!"

Ms Dorries controversially starred in the ITV show last autumn, but no fee has yet featured in the Commons register of financial interests.

Ms Dorries recently told the BBC's Sunday Politics programme she had not "personally" benefited from going into the jungle.

Saying she had a company, she added: "When I benefit personally from that I will have to declare it to the register. I'm a backbencher, not a minister. My personal finances are my business and nobody else's and if I choose to take money from the company then I will declare it immediately to the standards commissioner."

The MP - who was suspended from the Tory whip for six months over her decision to go on the programme - is already under investigation by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) over expenses allegations.

It emerged this evening that Commons standards commissioner Kathryn Hudson has accepted a complaint about whether she should have registered her I'm A Celebrity... income.

Posting on Twitter, Ms Dorries said: "LABOUR MP John Mann reported me to Standards Commissioner for undeclared earnings. Anything I earn, I declare IMMEDIATELY.

If I haven't declared anything, it's because I haven't earnt anything. I must be the most hounded MP in Parliament."