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.