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  • Nadine Dorries update

    by Sunny
    21st June, 2008 at 9:42 pm    

    A few weeks ago we submitted a complaint to the Parliamentary Standards Commission about the Tory MP Nadine Dorries and her using her blog to attack MPs of other parties. Its against the rules dontcha know?
    Local newspapers have started to pick up the story…

    A complaint has been lodged against Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries regarding the way she uses her website.

    Political activist and journalist Sunny Hundal claims Mrs Dorries has used the site to launch “a stream of personal attacks on and comments about members of other political parties”.

    According to parliamentary regulations, websites funded at taxpayers’ expense are explicitly forbidden from party political activities or campaigning.

    Sweet. I know that some local papers in her local constituency, Bedford, have also started sniffing around this story. Now just waiting for one of the national newspapers to pick it up once the result comes back.

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    1. Jamie — on 21st June, 2008 at 10:07 pm  

      If you don’t like her website then don’t read it!

    2. BenSix — on 21st June, 2008 at 10:55 pm  

      She’s an MP Jamie, and not only that but an MP that is attempting to initiate legislation. Her activities, therefore, are of interest to us.



    3. Philip Hunt — on 22nd June, 2008 at 10:01 am  

      websites funded at taxpayers’ expense are explicitly forbidden from party political activities or campaigning

      What a bizarre rule. Of course an MP’s website will contain party political activities and campaigning — it’s what MPs do.

    4. Kulvinder — on 22nd June, 2008 at 2:57 pm  

      Uhm no. Anyone elected as a Member of Parliament is there to represent their constituents; the constituents - the taxpayers - provide MPs with both their salaries and ancillary finances so that the MP may better work for them.

      We do not pay MPs for party political activities; those who are not card carrying members of a political party do not particularly care about party politics. I certainly do not want my money to be used by an MP to attack his or her rivals in order to get re-elected; it makes the state a defacto supporter of private politcal parties.

      If we don’t put our foot down at this sort of thing it’ll only escalate to the point parties start betting the shop on winning an election in the knowledge they can carry out subtle ‘refinancing’ once they’re in power. If Ms Dorries (or any other MP) want to attack someone who is after their job they can do it out of their own pocket.

    5. Kulvinder — on 22nd June, 2008 at 3:20 pm  

      nb in fairness the article does say she pays for it herself

    6. Sim-O — on 22nd June, 2008 at 9:19 pm  

      but it’s not paid for by herself, which if I remember correctly, was one of Sunnys’ complaints.

      At the bottom of the homepage it says it is funded from her ‘Incidental Expenses Provision’.

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