Nadine Dorries’s new business: an engineering consultancy that has become a media consultancy
Just in case David Cameron has been weighing up whether to call Nadine Dorries to offer her a place in the government, he need not bother. In a wide ranging interview with Total Politics magazine, the wayward, UKIP-friendly Tory MP has said that she would “absolutely hate” to be a minister. That is not her only hate. Female journalists, she says, are “so vitriolic and attacking of other women (that) they do women politicians no favours whatsoever.”
Some other thoughts from the same brain – only “idiots” believe there will be a Conservative majority under Cameron at the next election, and the Conservatives would be “idiots” not to have Boris Johnson as their next leader.
That aside, there is a topic on which the normally garrulous Ms Dorries is quite coy, and that is whether she was paid to go on I’m a Celebrity… last year. People do not generally go on a reality show for nothing, but Ms Dorries has not recorded any such payment in the Register of Member’s Interest. “If I haven’t registered a payment, I haven’t received one,” she once told the Daily Mirror, a reply which failed to satisfy the Labour MP John Mann, who has asked the parliamentary commissioner to investigate.
On the updated Register, Ms Dorries has now declared that she is a director and shareholder of Averbrook, a company with a strange history. It was registered 19 years ago as an engineering consultancy, at the address of an accountants’ firm in Newcastle-under-Lyme. By 2011, its annual accounts recorded that it no assets and a net worth of nil. Nadine Dorries became a director of this worthless firm in October last year, six weeks ahead of her appearance on I’m a Celebrity… but did not declare it until Monday of last week, more than eight months later. She describes as a ‘media consultancy’. It will be interesting to see the company accounts, when they are filed.
There are no questions marks over Patrick Mercer’s entry in the Register, by the way. On 28 May, he even dutifully registered receipt of £2,000 from ‘Alistair Andrews Communications’. He resigned the Tory whip later that week, on discovering that ‘Alistair Andrews Communications’ was not who they claimed to be.
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