Disgraced expenses MP Derek Conway says we can expect a lot more of him on our screens

PUBLISHED: 09:55 20 January 2011 | UPDATED: 10:50 27 January 2011

Left to right: Emma Ridley, Anthony Costa, Russell Grant, Derek Conway, Jan Leeming

Left to right: Emma Ridley, Anthony Costa, Russell Grant, Derek Conway, Jan Leeming


The former MP who kick started the expenses row has warned the public to expect to see a lot more of him on their television screens.

Former old Bexley and Sidcup MP who stood down at the last election after being sacked from the Conservative party for paying his son for work there was little or no evidence of, was seen on Channel 4’s Five Go To... enjoying a holiday in Turkey.

The channel flew him out in September to live alongside astrologer Russell Grant, actress Emma Ridley, television presenter Jan Leeming and singer Antony Costa. They stayed in a luxury villa where they are tasked with organising activities for the group. Each voted off their least favourite until the winner was chosen by the locals, much to the Brits’ surprise.

Mr Conway, said of the experience: “It was very good. We all got on well. We have all stayed in touch. ” But he did admit that he did not send any of his fellow contestants Christmas cards.

The former chief executive of the Cat Protection League is still working as a television presenter for Press TV which is funded by the Iranian government.

He said: “Lots of things are happening.” But when asked to reveal what offers he had turned down, he replied “absolutely not” claiming he no longer had to as he was not in public life. However there are a few offers he did not turn down and he said: “You will be seeing quite a bit of me.” But he again refused to shed any light on them.

Mr Conway hit the headlines in January 2008, when it was revealed that he was using tax payers’ money to pay his son for work there was little or no evidence of. He was ordered to return £13,161 paid to his younger son Freddie to work as a researcher while he was a student in Newcastle. And the next year, in 2009, he was ordered to repay £3,757 of taxpayers’ money paid to his elder son Henry.

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