Successive weekly revelations — that Nadine Dorries’ 68 year-old election agent is providing a home for a 20-something Romanian woman who advertises for group sex on the internet; that she is paying her daughter a salary of up to £35,000 as a ‘senior secretary’ despite her living 100 miles from the office — appear to be taking their toll on the maverick Tory MP. Indeed, Dorries is currently fending off the aggressions of the Sunday Mirror, bloggers, the parliamentary standards commissioner … and many within her own party.
And while the headline-worthy outburst above gave red top hack Ben Glaze (@BenGlaze) cause to check his dental insurance, key insights into Dorries’ situation can be gleaned from the blizzard of angry Twitter messages in the last few days:
1: She says that she is moving out of the constituency home owned by her 2010 election agent Andrew Rayment. As a co-director and shareholder in Averbrook Ltd, the company used by Dorries to process media appearance fees, Rayment is much more than just a landlord to the Tory MP.
Perhaps Rayment, something of a regional Tory grandee, was naive enough to think that his other business and property connections — with a woman pictured in a negligee on adult dating website Fling.com — would be overlooked by those scrutinising Dorries. Her moving out of his house could indicate a partial severing of financial ties in the light of this very unwelcome attention.
2: While Dorries still denies ever having met Rayment’s other business partner, she has apparently discussed the matter of the Sunday Mirror’s doorstepping of ‘internet glamour girl’ Ramona Ladin in detail with someone with first hand knowledge:
She went on to make the defamatory claim that Ramona Ladin’s profile on the adult dating website Fling.com — for which Scrapbook can vouch authenticity – had been fabricated by journalists from the Sunday Mirror:
If she is trying not to look rattled she isn’t doing a very good job.
More: See Dorries’ massive mobile bill »
In the wake of new revelations about Tory Nadine Dorries’ business and financial connections, here’s a great spot from seasoned Dorries observers, Ministry of Truth and Bloggerheads.
Asked by the Standards Committee whether the company Averbrook Limited — co-owned with her election agent Andrew Rayment — was “a way of concealing earnings from media appearances and articles”, Dorries was at pains to distance Rayment from the political fallout:
“My business partners, who have nothing to do with me personally—he is just a business partner, with his wife—were very clear that, in going into business, they did not want to be brought into the public domain via my political position.”
But she told the Sunday Mirror that Rayment and his wife were far more than ‘just business partners’:
“Andy and Ann Rayment are two of my closest friends.”
So did she lie to the Standards Committee or the press?
It has to be one or the other.
- Dorrries’ 68 year-old election agent provides home and business for mystery woman in mid-twenties
- Ramona Ladin has ‘glamour model’ photo shoot pics on casual sex website
- Ladin claims Dorries is ‘her best friend’ but MP has ‘no recollection’ of meeting her
Top Bedfordshire Tory Andrew Rayment owns Nadine Dorries’ constituency home and is a director of the company used for the MPs’ media appearances — but he also provides accommodation and a business to a twenty-something Romanian woman who is advertising for casual sex online, the Sunday Mirror reports. The news is the latest twist connected with Nadine Dorries’ business arrangements, which saw her apologise to the House of Commons for failing to declare income from second jobs.
26-year-old Ramona Ladin recently gained an NVQ in hairdressing and is advertising for free work experience as a hairdresser. She says that she is working nights in a warehouse. But this summer, Andrew Rayment bought a £230,000 house in a Milton Keynes cul-de-sac which she is living in and set her up with a business — Hairflair MK Limited — as a co-director. Rents in the area are around £980 per month and she is currently driving an £18,000 BMW 1 Series.
Despite Ladin saying that Dorries was someone with “a good heart” and, indeed, her “best friend”, the Mid-Bedfordshire is claiming that she has “no recollection” of having met her:
“I do not believe that someone I have no recollection of having met has told you she is my best friend.
Under the username ‘sefovoastra’ — Romanian for ‘your boss’ – Ladin also has a profile (NSFW) on the adult website Fling.com where it is stated she is interested in “experimenting” and group sex.
Carry On Milton Keynes.
THE DORRIES/RAYMENT FILES
Nadine Dorries in serious trouble with the Standards Commissioner for failing to declare her commission for appearing on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
- Mad Nads set up firm Averbrook Limited to handle media fees
- Dorries claims that money paid to a company — rather than her directly — doesn’t need to be declared
- Commissioner still finds her in “serious breach of the code of conduct”
It’s likely Dorries reasoned the political hit from breaching the rules and being forced to apologise — was less than that she would incur disclosing the sizeable fee she received for abandoning her constituents.
The Commissioner is recommending a rules change.
With her attention-seeking behaviour offending Tory colleagues almost as much as her Labour and Lib Dem foes, Nadine Dorries has dismally failed in her bid to become deputy speaker of the Commons — coming last with just 13 of 551 votes.
The Tory replacing former deputy speaker Nigel Evans — who has stepped down to defend sex charges – is Eleanor Laing, who secured victory after six rounds of transfers under the first transferable vote system (FULL RESULTS).
UPDATE: Dorries blames defeat on her abortion views »
Nadine Dorries, who caused uproar by abandoning parliament to appear on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, has told Total Politics that she “definitely would do more reality [TV] stuff”:
“I definitely would do more reality stuff. My constituents absolutely love it, because they’ve got someone of their own, who they see in Tesco, on there… I’d love to do Strictly Come Dancing – who knows?”
She must be hoping that BBC producers haven’t been reading her blog:
“It should be all over for the BBC.”
“I hope every member of the British public thinks hard about what the BBC now stands for; and I hope people in my own party who support both the institution of the BBC and the licence fee will ask themselves, why?”
“The incoming Conservative government has many big dragons to slay, the BBC has to be the biggest.”
“Why do we expect people who are worried about whether or not they can afford their mortgage and Christmas, to pay £140 for a licence fee”, Dorries asked.
Presumably so that she can receive a fat fee while repeatedly moonlighting from her day job.
Nadine Dorries has decided to channel someone that doesn’t see ethnic minorities very often:
Let’s have a look:
It’s uncanny … they’re both black!
The Conservatives’ candidate in the Eastleigh by-election has even more extreme views on abortion than Nadine Dorries, it has emerged. Maria Hutchings told an interviewer that she wants to see the legal limit for terminations slashed to “ten weeks”:
“I am a pro-lifer and would have voted to reduce it as far as possible.”
Contrast this with Dorries position, which was to run a “realist” campaign for to reduce the limit from 24 to 20 weeks. But even Dorries dream statute of 12 weeks is longer than Hutchings’.
Dorries told Mehdi Hasan:
“If anybody else wants to take the vote down to 20 weeks, I’m very happy to hand the baton over. It will not be me who takes a vote down to 12 weeks. My campaign is for 24 [down] to 20.”
As if the Tories weren’t struggling with women voters already.