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Wednesday, 1 March, 2000, 11:29 GMT
MPs consider Gorman's fate

MPs will decide on Wednesday whether to suspend maverick Tory Teresa Gorman from the House of Commons for a month.

The Billericay MP was criticised over her business dealings in a report by the Commons standards and privileges committee earlier this month.

The report said Mrs Gorman had deceived the committee over the ownership of three properties in South London and Portugal.

The Filkin report found the MP
Failed to register two properties in Portugal rented out to tenants
Gave "seriously misleading" information about her connections with some offshore companies
Should not have introduced a Bill without registering and declaring her financial interest
The Eurosceptic MP is accused of failing to declare the properties in the register of MPs' interests between 1987-94, during which time they were let.

She is also accused of giving misleading information about connections with offshore companies.

MPs will vote on whether to approve the committee's report and on whether to suspend Mrs Gorman.

The standards and privileges committee published its report in response to the findings of the Commissioner for Parliamentary Standards, Elizabeth Filkin.

The committee said it had been minded to suspend Mrs Gorman for longer but said the embarrassment of the report's contents would be additional punishment for the MP.

But Mrs Gorman said after the report was published that the committee's procedures were unfair and rejected its recommendations.

She said there should be equal representation of parties on the committee and there should be an appeal procedure before an independent judge and senior figures from the Commons.

Mrs Gorman said at the time that she might not attend the Commons debate on the report.

She said: "There will be a feeding frenzy in the Chamber - I don't know if I can be bothered to attend - then they will chuck me out, given their [Labour's] majority."

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