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I’m being persecuted like a suffragette, says Dorries over expenses inquiry

Andrew Johnson

Published 19/02/2013 | 11:12

NADINE Dorries accused the MPs’ expenses watchdog of sexism today as she likened her plight to the persecution of the suffragettes.

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The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) announced last week that it was investigating the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire over alleged irregularities in her travel and accommodation expenses.

 

In a blog post today, Ms Dorries, hinted that the investigation was part of a politically motivated smear campaign following her recent appearance on I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

 

She also claimed that her complex living arrangements were a result of her being a “single mum and lone carer of a family and a dog”, and cited the ordeal of Emily Davison, the suffragette who threw herself in front of the King’s horse during the 1913 Derby.

 

“Because a woman died under the hooves of a horse in the quest of female emancipation and because IPSA impact upon every single parent who is or wants to be an MP and because I refuse to allow a money hungry quango to compromise my right to work, be a mother and a pet owner, I am not allowing IPSA to get away with this,” she wrote.

 

Explaining why she spent so few nights at her Westminster studio flat, for which she claims expenses, Ms Dorries published a photograph of her Labrador, adding: “She has now reached the ripe old age of thirteen. I would stay in London, except she isn’t allowed in the studio with me.”

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