Dorries’ election agent handed her sole directorship of an obscure company just weeks before her appearance on I’m A Celebrity, Scrapbook can reveal. Directorship of the mysterious non-trading firm, Averbrook Ltd, changed hands at the beginning of October from Dorries’ election agent, Andy Rayment.
The timing of Dorries’ new directorship of Averbook coincided perfectly with the negotiation of her appearance on the ITV show, rumoured to be netting her at least £40,000. Poised to abandon her constituents for the Australian jungle, Nadine seemed to forget that she was supposed to be the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, listing her occupation on Companies House forms as:
“writer/commentator/TV radio personality”
Instead of setting up a new company, which may have drawn attention from the press, Dorries became a director of 18-year-old Averbrook Ltd. Given her assignation — of ‘TV personality’ — could this be the vehicle through which she plans to channel her ITV lucre?
After stirring up a furore for eating ostrich’s anus on parliamentary time, Dorries said she would donate her month’s parliamentary salary of £6,158 to a children’s charity. She did not however, say she will be giving away ITV’s appearance fee, which disappeared straight into her pocket — or perhaps Averbrook’s.
Rayment and Dorries have long enjoyed a cosy relationship, with favours stretching way back. In 2010, Rayment rejected and downplayed complaints of Dorries smearing a blogger for investigating her notorious anti-abortion claims.
With naughty Nadine due to meet with the chief whip today, Rayment may yet find himself marshalling the campaign of an independent candidate in 2015.