Election petition against Nadine Dorries rejected by court

The Independent reports:

An attempt to unseat the Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has been thrown out by the High Court after two judges ruled that legal documents informing her of the action were sent to the wrong address.

Lawyers acting for Ms Dorries, who was re-elected as the MP for Mid Bedfordshire at the general election, successfully argued at a hearing in London that the election petition sent to her constituency’s Conservative Association last month was invalid and should be struck out.

The legal action was lodged by Tim Ireland, a political blogger who stood against Ms Dorries as an independent candidate. It alleged that she had broken electoral law by accusing him of being a stalker and a “dangerous criminal” in the run-up to the poll on 7 May.

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