30. Letter to the Commissioner from
Ms Nadine Dorries MP, 1 March 2010|
With regard to the latest points you have raised
in your letter dated February 5th and the letters you have forwarded
on to me from former neighbours, I wish to submit the following;
[Material not relevant to this inquiry.]
The last time I saw [neighbour 1] was at least a
year or so ago and before that I have probably seen them both
a handful of times over a period of two years.
They fail to mention the most important fact that
their house did not have any view of mine and that they could
not see whether I was in or not. Neither could they hear, as the
house is actually on [name of road].
With regard to the other neighbours, particularly
my next door neighbour who has a clear open view of my property
and sees my every move in and out, I have no comment to make other
than I assume he has not spoken to [name of reporter] and therefore
his evidence can be considered as untainted, credible and honest.
I have been informed that the Daily
Telegraph have approached residents and
sought poor opinion of myself.
If you would like to see photographs which give a
clear picture of how the properties are laid out I would be happy
to provide you with the same.
To the specific points you have raised:
1. I asked my PA to make and complete the table.
She simply put the 111 nights in the wrong box.
As you can see from the earlier estimate she has
slipped over the box.
She completed the table from a hand-written note
I gave her with the figures written in columns.
It was obviously an error as I
did not have or claim for a house in the constituency until some
way into 2007 and therefore could not possibly have claimed for
111 nights for 2006-07 as there was no constituency property to
2. I have no idea how many nights I spend in London
as they are so few and far between. I mentioned 10 as a generous
estimate. They may or may not be on nights I would normally stay
in the constituency, I have no idea.
With regard to questions 3, 4 and 5a, I have explained
before that as a backbench opposition MP it is absolutely
impossible for me to provide you with
accurate assessment of where I stay and when using my diaries
and my work commitments; however, I can provide you with a pattern
which I did with the recent diary print out I sent you. Any variation
in numbers which has arisen has done so via my attempt to be overly
specific, which as I have said is impossible and gives rise to
I know I always sleep at home on a Friday, Saturday
and Sundayalmost always on a Thursday and often on a Monday.
If it is a one line whip I will work from home, or drive to the
constituency during the day, especially during term time over
the last year or so to drop and collect [my daughter].
5b. The journey to [name of school] from my main
home was 1 hr and 30 minutes. The same time it takes my elder
daughter to travel across London to work. However, due to [family
circumstances], [my daughter] rarely attends school more than
two days per week and when she did do she would travel from the
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6. The single green night was because I was about
to start highlighting nights I spent at the constituency but realised
that this would be confusing and totally wrong as I cannot be
100% sure. It is not good enough to assume knowledge.
The orange marks are the nights I spent on holiday
away from both my main and constituency home. I can be certain
about this and therefore felt confident in identifying those nights.
My blog is 70% fiction and 30% fact. It is written
as a tool to enable my constituents to know me better and to reassure
them of my commitment to Mid Bedfordshire. I rely heavily on poetic
licence and frequently replace one place name/event/fact with
In light of the bullying onslaught of the Daily
Telegraph I used my blog to its best effect
in reassuring my constituents of my commitment to Mid Beds.
My commitment is absolute and is always my first
consideration regardless of where I sleep at night. However, I
have always been aware that should my personal domestic arrangements
become the knowledge of my political opponents, they would be
able to exaggerate that to good effect. Hence the reason for my
blog and my need to reassure my constituents...
My dogs are looked after by myself and various family
On Friday last, [name of reporter] was evicted by
neighbours and the decorator from the garden of my home. He was
taking photographs through the windows.
For your information, as you will have seen the picture
taken of the constituency home in the Daily
Telegraph, I provide you with a picture
taken during one of the many weeks we have been snowed in over
I have yet to understand why or what he was doing
photographing my furniture, but do understand the lengths to which
he is prepared to stoop.
1 March 2010