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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.
Having appeared to deny ever taken an all-expenses-paid foreign trip, it has emerged that Nadine Dorries has taken two. Attempting to justify her lax approach to, y’know, doing her job and stuff, the I’m A Celebrity contestant wrote:
“In my seven and a half years as an MP I think it is important to state that I have never taken a single day away from parliament on one of the many jollies most MPs enjoy to various parts of the world”
Having already been rumbled by Liberal Conspiracy for jetting off on a jaunt to Israel in 2006, Scrapbook have unearthed yet another set of plane tickets. During August of last year, Nadine embarked on a dangerous mission to oppressed Equatorial Guinea. But as official visitors of the president, the delegation found themselves whisked from their VIP lounge by limousine to stay in a luxury resort by the sea.
An undercover journalist travelling with the delegation described the worldly troop of travelling parliamentarians:
“There were just three backbench Tory MPs – none of whom appeared to have done too much research on Equatorial Guinea before sinking into their business-class seats on the flight out”
Although supposedly gathering evidence for a report into the country’s society and governance, the journalist recollected a rather different kind of fact-finding:
“We were cocooned from reality, taken around in motorcades led by police cars with blaring horns. It was great fun”
“Next, you pass an artificial beach and an ultramodern hospital before turning into an impressive Sofitel hotel with 200 rooms, the country’s first spa and a bespoke island nature walk.”
Doubtless Nadine will attempt to justify her misleading statement on foreign trips with the weasel words that neither was conducted while parliament was sitting.
The expedition sounded rather more like a free luxury holiday than the James Bond mission Nadine recalled.
Nadine Dorries has outdone even her consistently high standards of hypocrisy — by criticising another MP for taking time off. But the Mid Bedfordshire absentee came in for criticism for picking on Labour MP Steve McCabe, who was hospitalised for HEART SURGERY.
Labour MP Steve McCabe who reported me to Standards Commissioner for time in jungle during half term has attendance record of just 63% !!
— Nadine Dorries MP (@NadineDorriesMP) November 26, 2012
In an exchange seized upon by McCabe’s local paper, Dorries accused him of taking “holidays” — when he had an operation to correct heart surgery in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
— Nadine Dorries MP (@NadineDorriesMP) November 27, 2012
With the size of hole she is digging for herself, Nadine will be back in Australia before long.
With Nadine Dorries currently meeting with the chief whip following her unauthorised excursion to Australia, the Mid Bedforshire MP may still be smarting from her encounter with BBC Look East last night, in which she was forced to watch vox pops of constituents claiming that “she is a joke”.
Anchor Stewart White didn’t mince his words either:
“You wanted to talk about euthanasia. You wanted to talk about abortion. They cut all of that out when you talked about it and instead they broadcast you eating the rear end of an ostrich.”
Scrapbook wonders whether the whips office had the opportunity to review the contents of the interview, in which Dorries appears to prejudge the outcome of the meeting:
“The whip has temporarily been suspended which is very different from being withdrawn.
I’ve got a meeting with the chief whip tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock and I fully expect, once that meeting’s taken place, that everything will be fine.
A temporary suspension was put in because I wasn’t here to vote. It’s not like I’ve done anything which is seriously worthy of withdrawing the whip.”
Chief whip Sir George Young may beg to differ, however.
Could she be kept ‘on the bench’ for several months — as some hard-line Cameroons are suggesting?
Nadine Dorries, who is currently meeting the chief whip, has yet more questions to answer over whether she will be nabbing the £40,000 I’m A Celebrity fee for herself or donating it to a children’s charity.
Previously, the Mid-Bedfordshire MP had said she would donate her parliamentary salary to local children’s charities, but made no mention of her substantial fee for appearing on the show.
But Dorries’ daughter, Cassie, who used Nadine’s Twitter account while she was away, appeared to confirm to a reporter than the I’m A Celebrity fee would be donated to charity.
@nadinedorriesmp Cassie, some constituents are wondering whether your mum is giving her fee to charity? Can I call you? Nikki BBC Look East.
— Nikki Fox (@nikkijfox) November 8, 2012
Dorries’ daughter then retweeted the reporter’s statement, which read:
And confirmed she agreed with what the reporter had tweeted:
— Nadine Dorries MP (@NadineDorriesMP) November 10, 2012
It’ll be mighty embarrassing if Nadine plans on hoarding the cash for herself — we’ve asked her PR company where the cash is going.
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.
Nadine Dorries’ parliamentary assistant has been left sweaty and speechless after BBC Three Counties Radio demands an explanation for Nadine jetting off to the jungle.
The aide, known only as William, wheezed with nervous laughter as the presenter, Jonathan Vernon-Smith, launched into a tirade:
“[Dorries] is in the jungle, mucking around and raising her profile and getting paid £40,000. So who is doing her job?”