"This committee is chaired by someone not fit."Well I thought, that's very honest of you Nadine! Everyone is after all entitled to eye-candy when at work, although I bet if a man said that about a female chairman they'd be screams from the comfortable shoe wearing brigade.
Sadly though, it was not to be. I contacted Nadine to find out if it was really true that she would only sit on a Committee with a George Clooney lookalike as the Chairman, and it appears that the Times chose not to publish the full extent of what she said to them.
It would appears that she gave a principled reason for not attending which included a strong form of words about the integrity of the Chairman of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee, Phil Willis, which the Times was presumably nervous about printing.
Personally, if I was an MP though, I would support the misquote. After all, shouldn't eye-candy at work be a human right?
UPDATE: Nadine has been in contacted with me saying the following about the PDF Times link.
I've never seen that piccy of me before! Thanks for the pdf link to the list of MPs attendance, it is, however, incorrect. The list has me down as having attended 1 meeting - I have, to my knoweldge, no attended any."Touchee!
Update II: Sam Coates on RedBox has posted noting that the quote of Nadine's got truncated for reasons of space and has published it in full.