September 12th, 2013

Taxpayer Pays Dorries Girls £145,000

NADINE

New data from IPSA reveals that through employing two of her daughters to work in her office, the taxpayer paid the Dorries girls up to £145,000 last year. More than the PM. 28 year old Philippa Dorries earned between £40,000 and £44,999 as her office manager, while Jennifer Dorries raked in £30,000 to £34,999 as a senior secretary. Nadine earns £65,000 as Member for Mid Bedfordshire. No wonder she can stop claiming for expenses…

UPDATE: Nadine gets in touch to complain that this gives the wrong impression. They were as IPSA say both employed  in the 2012-13 financial year, not simultaneously. Philippa Dorries left her employ in August 2012 and Jennifer Dorries started working for her in October 2012 according to Nadine. Same year, not same time…


90 Comments

  1. 1
    Larry the Cat says:

    I think this merits a trip to the Police Station.

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    • 26
      Reader says:

      Toughalicious

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      • 57
        A Brown Envelope from Mohamed al-Fayed says:

        Looks like she’s still “feeling ukippy”. She should jump, she’d fit right in with the likes of Neil Hamilton.

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        • 83
          lojolondon says:

          Let’s say they worked 6 months each – so the ‘junior’ secretary is on 65k a year, and the ‘senior’ is on 80k plus per annum. Nice work if you can get it!!

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          • Married man with children who feels unrepresented in Parliament says:

            If you are going mount an intemperate attack you might at least get your facts right. The relevant pay scales set by IPSA were £30 – 35,000 and £25 – 30,000, reduced pro-rata if part time. Thus, if each worked full time for six months the correct figure, between them, for the year is £32,500. i.e. less than her fee for going on Big Brother, during the recess and not missing a day while parliament was sitting.

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          • Married man with children who feels unrepresented in Parliament says:

            P.S. Allowing for the order in which they worked and gap from August to September it looks as thought the total is around £30,000.

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        • 86
          Nigel Farage doppelganger says:

          we don’t want the useless b***h
          spoiled goods

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  2. 2
    The Biscuit says:

    I’m taken.

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  3. 3
    D$ says:

    £35K a senior s.

    Might as well give up IT system admin work and order paper clips for a living.

    Far easier.

    Disgrace

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    • 28
      Taxpayer says:

      Was that taxpayer funded job advertised?

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      • 69
        Jobs for the girls says:

        I’m sure the job was advertised, conformed to Equal Opportunities legislation and that the position was awarded on merit.

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      • 72
        Anon says:

        My thoughts exactly, can she produce the ads or orders for them?

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      • 89
        giant gonad says:

        Yes, the job was advertised and a short list of candidates were invited for interview.

        The first question was whether their surname was Dorries.

        All those who answered yes were invited back to a second interview.

        The first question at this interview was whether they were Nadine’s daughter.

        Two candidates said yes. A coin was tossed and one of the Dories daughters was offered the job.

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    • 42
      Blind_leading_the_blind says:

      Equivalent to £25,000 p.a. tax free on benefits

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  4. 4
    Nads says:

    All perfectly legal, Guido

    And you remain silent about the gangster bankers ripping off billions?

    And you boss Murdoch’s criminal activities?

    Come on…

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  5. 5
    Hari says:

    Whilst no fan of her, I really do not see the harm in this.

    - It seems like market rate is being paid.
    - Many businesses employee family, not because they are the best person for the job, but they are loyal, trustworthy and will work silly hours. Something most MPs need round them.

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    • 10
      Paniagua v5 says:

      There would be no harm in this IF the positions were paid at the going rate for that job. To put it bluntly – THEY ARE NOT.

      1. So if there is a position called Office Manager then how many direct reports does this position have to manage?

      2. So if there is a position called Senior Secretary then how many standard secretaries are there and what is the difference in actual work done?

      I rather suspect the correct answers are …

      1. One Direct Report (Her Sister)

      2. None

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    • 13
      Anonymous says:

      If I own the business and employ family, yes it’s nepotism but I’m answerable to the shareholders.
      If the business suffers, I incur the wrath of the shareholders.
      I’m sure her constituents will be delighted at the news.

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    • 36
      FFS says:

      But she isn’t really running her own business is she? The positions are taxpayer funded and should have been widely advertised with the jobs going to the best qualified.

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  6. 6
    Andrew Efiong says:

    More public sector cronyism.

    I could never employ my family at work, even suggesting the idea would be comical.

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    • 62
      FFS says:

      Imagine if you could? What fun you could have! Tell your employer you need more help in the office and within two weeks you could have your mum, your kids, your next door neighbour and your brother all working for you. Why bother with interviews and such like? Won’t please the “equal opportunities” bods though unless you happen to have a multi-racial, multi-religious family with a smattering of disability.

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  7. 7
    Just Dreaming says:

    Time that all of the staff employed by MPs were recruited and employed by the civil service and paid at the commensurate civil service rate. Equip their offices with standard, bulk bought, furniture and equipment and thereby reduce expenditure. Never likely to happen.

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    • 14
      RickBrown says:

      A very sensible suggestion.

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    • 23
      Andrew Efiong says:

      Heavens above, such rational thought!

      The idea that MPs could copy what happens in the real world is shocking.

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      • 25
        Civil Service says:

        Yes we will do it gladly. We will need around 1,800 staff, a brand new building, and a website that says preciously nowt. We can then engage Capita or EMC to create an automated software system at a cost of around £8bn that is never quite finished or actually works.

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    • 24
      lola says:

      Don’t do that. It’s just another exploitable subsidy. Can you imagine just how many computer ‘upgrades’ would be required each year? best not to pay MP’s at all. And get their local offices funded by the local constituency. As part of a reformed land tax perhaps?

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  8. 8
    johnnygee says:

    What a load of bollocks.
    As far as I can see there is no suggestion of fraud. If these daughters are doing a job they should be paid just like anyone else and the rates don’t look outlandish.
    Therefore it is totally wrong to suggest she is getting £145k( by the way I am no fan of this lady but think this post is unfair)

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    • 90
      giant gonad says:

      Yes, if my aunt had bollocks she’d be my uncle.
      Perhaps one daughter might have been the best candidate for the job, but two ?

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  9. 9
    RickBrown says:

    If she’s doing this within the rules what’s the problem? A lot of MPs employ family members so why pick on Nadine? What is the difference between this and your boss Murdoch employing his useless sons ?

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    • 12
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

      Murdoch isn’t using taxpayers money.

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      • 22
        RickBrown says:

        My main point is that if she’s operating within the rules then she is doing nothing wrong. Why try to hang her out to dry when there are scores of them employing family members and lovers?

        And if I was a Murdoch shareholder I would take great exception to the inflated salaries paid to those useless tossers who are his sons.

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        • 39
          Anonymous says:

          They are probably better at the job than you would ever be.

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        • 73
          Yeah, right... says:

          Indeed, and you could sell your shares and choose not to fund such nepotism. The point is, you can’t choose to stop funding MPs and their fiddling ways.

          Well, you can, but you will go to jail.

          Can you see the difference yet?

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    • 15
      Anonymous says:

      Learn the difference between te public and private sectors.

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    • 16
      Yeah, right... says:

      Er… people choose whether to give their money to Murdoch’s businesses. Try stopping your funding of parliament and see how far it gets you.

      These people are spending money taking from people by taxation with the threat of criminal sanction. They must be held to higher standards when they spend it.

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    • 19
      Casual Observer says:

      Mur’doch doesn’t get paid out of the public purse.

      If this is typical, then for 650 members of Parliament, their true cost to the tax payer is about GBP 94m before the expenses claims.

      Seems to be a bit expensive seeing as most of their real function is being done in Europe which costs UK over GBP 20bn / year.

      Is she massively above the average ?

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  10. 11
    A nincumpoop says:

    Presumably both appointed after competitive, fair, interview procedures?

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  11. 17
    Nadine Dorries says:

    But but but; I’m a celebrity, can someone get me off here?

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  12. 18
    fnar fnar says:

    Ooh, I feel a threesome coming on.

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  13. 20

    Troughers Unite. About time they put a stop to all this troughing, innit?

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  14. 30

    No one is paying attention to priorities it seems. Here is Philippa:

    http://bit.ly/1b8Gt7V

    3181

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  15. 33
    I fuckin luvs Marxist spunk i does, Stephanie says:

    I feel confident Ms Dorries’ daughters provide excellent value for money to the hard pressed taxpayer’s who fund their support operations for such a hard working, dedicated, intelligent and frankly likeable MP

    And i am unanimous in this

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    • 70
      PC 53 says:

      Silly woman still has not learned that a plural does not take an apostrophe. Whdere do the BBC find these cretins?

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      • 81
        Jack Ketch says:

        Oxford and the Labour Party mainly. Remember that Stephanie’s Dad wrote songs that depended on clever use of language.

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  16. 34
    The Public says:

    The ‘Honourable Members’ have it coming to them

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  17. 40
    Sparafucile says:

    She still doesn’t get it, does she?

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    • 45
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

      If she’s not getting it, then i’ll gladly volunteer to give it to her ;-)

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  18. 43
    mark says:

    It’s about time these holes were blocked for good and get back to ‘real’ democracy not this bunch of fiddling, lying, cheating, corrupt b’stards we have now. Why not go back to the original system of parliament as used by the first Greek parliament?

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  19. 44
    nellnewman says:

    so what are they all going to do for a job come 2015 if she doesn’t get elected again?

    three more for benefits no doubt!

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  20. 49
    Fair and balanced says:

    Guido

    You refer to the Guardian having to rightly correct for false reporting

    Has your chum Danny Finkelstein ever corrected these lies?

    “Following September 11th Finkelstein quickly responded by advocating of an invasion of Iraq. He even pushed the theory that there was a link between Saddam Hussein and the World Trade Centre attacks. This theory had first been made popular by Laurie Mylroie who attempted to established Iraq’s involvement in the 1993 WTC bombing. When propaganda linking Iraq to the bombing of the twin towers was required in selling the war, Finkelstein bought the Laurie Mylroie thesis up-to-date. On 2 October 2001 he wrote an article titled, “The twin towers trail leads to Saddam” (Powerbase quote)

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  21. 52
    GravytrainsRUs says:

    If all three go out for lunch (or dinner), who pays?…or is just put on expenses!?

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  22. 53
    Nemesis says:

    This bloody country and its government is as corrupt as any banana republic or dictatorship. Sick of reading how these pigs extract our taxes for their own benefits whether it be politicians or executives of the BBC they all smell with stench of greed and avarice. And let’s face it – there is nothing we can do about it.

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    • 59
      British Citizen says:

      Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

      But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

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      • 63
        FFS says:

        So what you are saying is that it’s only a matter of time before thewse god-awful bastards push it too far and then it will be reasonable to crucify the lot of them?

        OK, fair enough.

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  23. 58
    Riggsy Brown says:

    Nad’s recently acquired sole directorship of non-trading company Averbrook Ltd – from her agent – might be of interest too. Would be churlish to suggest that the directorship is related to the fees she received from her `Celebrity’ appearance and other ex-Parlimentary gigs. Perfectly legal, of course, but that doesn’t mean it passes the smell test. Btw she returns to Ampleforth next month to deliver the Headmaster’s Address. It was through contacts made at Ampleforth that she was parachuted into/secured the nomination for her Mid-Beds seat.

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  24. 61
    Penfold says:

    I thought IPSA had put a block on family members being employed by MP’s?

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    • 76
      Dogs at a Bone says:

      Staffing Expenditure can only be claimed for the salary of one employee who is a connected party at a time, unless you employed more than one connected party on 7 May 2010. In that case you may continue to employ these connected parties until their employment ceases.

      We define a “connected party” as:

      a spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner of the member;
      parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece of the member or of a spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner of the member; or
      a body corporate, a firm or a trust with which the MP is connected as defined in section 252 of the Companies Act 2006.

      http://parliamentarystandards.org.uk/IPSAMPs/Guidance/Pages/employing%20your%20staff.aspx

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  25. 64
    rolotamasi says:

    Doesn’t Dorries get something for being on the Panel of Chairs?

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  26. 65
    HypocritcFawkes says:

    Utter nonsense. This time last week this site was pushing war in syria which would cost billions.

    order-order has lost its credibility, the journos here don’t give a damn about a few hundred thousand here and there. She’s just not one of the politicians this site is sucking up to.

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  27. 66
    Conal McDevitt says:

    This is an absolute disgrace. I resigned for less.

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  28. 68
    John Tandy says:

    APPALLING

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  29. 74
    Hang the Bastards says:

    Never vote Lib/Lab/Con- the three main parties are rotten.

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  30. 75

    How much was their annual salary then?

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  31. 77
    Lexander says:

    Just remember all this when it comes to ELECTION TIME!

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  32. 78
    I'm No Mug Merkel says:

    If they are doing proper jobs then I don’t see it as a problem

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  33. 82
    Anonymous says:

    Mind blowing annualised salaries!

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  34. 84
    broderick crawford says:

    Gissa Go — Nads ??

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  35. 85
    REALWORLDER says:

    How much longer do these arseholes expect us to put up with it.

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The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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