Nadine Dorries faces expenses investigation

The MP, who was suspended by the Conservatives, may have received expenses for accommodation and travel "that should not have been allowed".

Since her return from the jungle, Nadine Dorries has assumed a notably lower profile but the MP, who remains suspended from the Conservative Party, is back in the headlines today after the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority announced that it had launched an investigation into her expenses. 

IPSA said it had reason to believe that she had received expenses for accommodation and travel "that should not have been allowed".

"An investigation will be conducted into claims submitted under the following areas of the third and fourth editions of the MPs' scheme of business costs and expense - accommodation expenditure, travel and subsistence," IPSA compliance officer Peter Davis said in a statement.

"In accordance with the legislation and the procedures for investigation made thereunder, no further information shall be published until the investigation has been concluded."

Dorries, meanwhile, has made a suspiciously well-timed retreat from Twitter. She tweeted this morning: "I'm taking a break from Twitter for the half term week and spending some time getting some fresh air with my three girls. #bonding"

Nadine Dorries, the MP for Bedfordshire, was suspended from the Conservative Party after appearing on ITV's I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Tory Brexiter Daniel Hannan: Leave campaign never promised "radical decline" in immigration

The voters might not agree...

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It was the Leave campaign's pledge to reduce EU immigration that won it the referendum. But Daniel Hannan struck a rather different tone on last night's Newsnight. "It means free movement of labour," the Conservative MEP said of the post-Brexit model he envisaged. An exasperated Evan Davis replied: “I’m sorry we’ve just been through three months of agony on the issue of immigration. The public have been led to believe that what they have voted for is an end to free movement." 

Hannan protested that EU migrants would lose "legal entitlements to live in other countries, to vote in other countries and to claim welfare and to have the same university tuition". But Davis wasn't backing down. "Why didn't you say this in the campaign? Why didn't you say in the campaign that you were wanting a scheme where we have free movement of labour? Come on, that's completely at odds with what the public think they have just voted for." 

Hannan concluded: "We never said there was going to be some radical decline ... we want a measure of control". Your Mole suspects many voters assumed otherwise. If immigration is barely changed, Hannan and others will soon be burned by the very fires they stoked. 

I'm a mole, innit.