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Some MPs like to be a law unto themselves

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: December 23, 2012

By STEVE LOWE

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IT would appear we are about as popular as a kangaroo’s anus with one of our MPs at the moment.

Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid Beds, is not talking to us. She is unhappy that we do not continually fawn to her greatness and has chosen not to reply to our questions on concerns raised by her constituents.

And when we did ask for a comment on why she will not comment, we received a letter from her libel lawyers, Carter Ruck, faster than a jet powered boomerang. Reaching for their lawyers is nothing new with the rich and the powerful and MPs are powerful - and often rich.

It is used as a form of intimidation of the local press, which unfortunately often works. Look around. There is a subtext that runs if you want me to give you quotes, you have to be nice to me. And as legal exchanges can be expensive, even if the newspaper has done nothing wrong, it is usually easier to take the soft line.

Well we are not those kind of newspapers. We realize we could end up in a trial of the non-bush tucker variety, where people don’t eat anuses so much as talk out of them but so be it. It was ever thus. Ms Dorries’ pr edecessor, Jonathan Sayeed, threatened to sue us when we ran stories about a company in which he had an interest had appeared to derive financial benefit from its offering tours of Parliament.

He did not sue and is no longer an MP. We were the first newspaper group to call on the now disgraced ex-MP Margaret Moran to resign and got a bit of flack over it. But not many seem to be defending her now I remember asking a fairly innocent question of Norman ‘Badger’ Lamont once and the response was a letter from his 
lawyers. Of course Nadine Dorries is also arguing for state legislation over the press and I can see why. MPs could then have direct control over the press without having to resort to the legal muscle of their expensive lawyers.

The reality is, of course, away from the glare of the nationals, that local newspapers find it quite difficult to hold politicians and the powerful to account. And, of course, we sometimes get it wrong, and this newspaper has paid the price, quite literally, for getting it wrong.

But despite the Freedom of Information Act and supposedly greater openness, any critical story is often treated with outrage, as though some line of decency has been crossed. It is also the case that Nadine Dorries can threaten us because of a story she did not like about her daughter working for her, even though at the time she put us on to her daughter for 
comment, and the information was on a public website. Nadine has brought this on herself, by committing to an appearance on I’m A Celebrity without having been granted permission by the powers that be in the Conservative Party, nor her Constituency Association chairman, a fact for which the Conservative whip was temporarily withdrawn.

Of course Nadine herself can be pretty robust in what she says, including about this newspaper, and about me. We don’t mind robust debate providing it applies to both sides. We often find, 
however, that it is about as balanced as a Wallaby with one testicle. In other words, they can give it but they can’t take it, unlike the Wallaby. This attitude is prevalent in British Politics these days.I am sorry if this offends and don’t want to find myself up Crocodile Creek without a paddle but the bottom line is she may be a celebrity but we’re not getting out of here.

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  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  January 04 2013, 4:35AM

    Well done Paul Rosen. 3 homes at one stage in C Campden. Ran a BB in C Campden Ran a beauty Salon had a further home as well as the 3 in C Camden. And she has the NERVE to call Cameron etc POSH BOYS. Oh I have a relation in Australia and she was in the newspaper there Ah second page never mind but I agree with another comment she was a laughing stock and they all said money grabber attention seeker disliked a lot and hoped she would loose her Mid Beds seat. So I think the Mid Beds Conservative Commitee should take NOTICE of the Mid Beds constituent's.

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  January 04 2013, 4:26AM

    I have complained to the Chief Whip about this MP who at Heathrow told to whoppers ! The Chief Whip did not withdraw PARDON !! and The Chief Whip Has NOT asked to see me in his office PARDON again !! This is on Video filme by the media she cannot say THE PAPERS made a mistake. Later I read I had a very Happy Meeting with the Chief Whip Ah so he did want to see her mm !!! I have had that many email's from friend's in Mid Beds and people I know well in Liverpool who are ashamed of this MP and sick to death of some stories that are 70% at least fantasy. Today I read on Twitter Dorries is thrilled she can say she is a really well known MP now. Well I can also say she was a laughing stock in OZ from EX Pat's who also want to write to the Mid Beds Committee about her conduct. Pretty much never out of the D Mail The Sun The Guardian and so on and she really believes she can do exactly what she likes and thumb her nose at ANYONE Bedfordshire on Sunday would be her dear FRIEND if you sung her praise. Ask er anything of a delicate nature and she clams up and shout's Lawyers !!!! Well I read recently that there is NO record in BMD of a Divorce from second husband and what harm is there in asking about that issue. After all nothing wrong with being divorced twice but why no record ? just curious ! She may well be but she won't answer. However she will waffle about her latest man in her life and Dorries we DON'T want to know, nor do we want to know what your daughters, your dog and that you suffer insomnia. What we want is an MP who will work damned hard for Mid Beds QUIETLY without personal detail's. Oh and we don't need to see you posing standing on a table how embarrassing !! This MP took off and we would like to see the paper where the previous Chief Whip gave permission to take leave. I have 30 email's to answer from Liverpool folk who want to have their say to the Mids Beds Conservative Commitee. I don't see how Dorries can call in Lawyers if you are asking reasonable question's. This MP should go ASAP

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  December 28 2012, 5:31PM

    I think she will be dumped as Tory candidate anyway at the next election

  • wendy hodges  |  December 27 2012, 5:33PM

    She played BOS when she fed false story to you about unwarranted Internet infusion forcing her friend to quit. Why don't you investigate her over that second home in 2009 as I suggested. Do a good job and you could see her arrested.

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  December 26 2012, 10:08PM

    I think there is a big storm coming early next year with Dorries. Police may reopen the investigation over her second home and she may have questions to answer about a false police report she made to silence critics. Mid Beds Conservatives should take not, we have had two rotten MPs in a row. Make the next one good.

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  December 23 2012, 7:14PM

    So correct me if im wrong... she ditched her constituants and parlimentary responsibilities, earnt £40,000 for appearing on i'm a celeb, 'donated' her wages for that period to charity (to avoid the bad pr), now using lawyers to threaten anyone who dares challenge her?

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  December 23 2012, 12:17PM

    Is this a case of an empty vessel making the most noise, and when challenged can't come up with the goods? If she will not answer her Constituents questions, it is time for her to go! That responsibility lies with her Constituents, surely?

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