Nadine Dorries has announced that she will step down as Culture Secretary following Boris Johnson’s departure from number 10.
close relationship with the Tory MP – who has supported Liz Truss prominently in the leadership election – said she believes this is the right time to go.
It is understood she was given the chance to continue in the Cabinet but chose to return to the backseat instead.
It is expected she will now be included in the honor roll of Mr Johnson’s resignation, triggering a by-election in her Mid Bedfordshire constituency.
During the leadership campaign, Ms Dorries was an outspoken critic of Rishi Sunak – in a controversial tweet likening him to Brutus stabbing Julius Caesar the way he had opposed Mr Johnson.
She accused fellow Tory MPs of orchestrating a “coup” against the outgoing Prime Minister, telling BBC Panorama: “I’m quite surprised that there are those who think the removal of the Prime Minister won’t be won. the largest majority we have had since Margaret Thatcher in less than three years.
“The anti-democratic nature of what they are doing is enough of a wake-up call for me. And for me it was a coup.”
She is also one of Mr Johnson’s most outspoken defenders of the ‘partygate’ saga, calling for a Commons Privilege Committee inquiry into whether he lied to MPs was a “witch hunt”. “, adding that it represented “the most serious abuse of power”.
Ms Dorries was appointed Culture Secretary last September, having previously served as Health Secretary.
As a minister, she was involved in crafting legislation to restrict social media companies through the Online Safety Bill and spearheaded controversial moves to privatize Channel 4. .
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Her tenure was also marked by a number of jokes, mainly confusing the rugby union with the rugby union at an event to promote the upcoming Rugby World Cup. .
Ms Dorries stunned a rugby tournament spectator in St Helens when she mentioned Jonny Wilkinson’s winning goal for England in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup final in Sydney.
She later said the gaffe had helped increase attention to the sport, telling MPs “rugby league has never had so much publicity and attention to the game “.
Miss Dorries was born in 1957 in Liverpool and raised on a council estate, writing on her official website: “I am one of the luckiest people alive, having grown up on a property of Liverpool council from the nineties to seventies. “
She started her working life as a nurse before pursuing a career in business, opening a daycare business before becoming a director at Bupa.
Her career as a writer has seen her author more than 10 books, among them the novel The Four Streets, as well as Lovely Lane’s series of nurses The Angels and her collection of She also covers The Tarabeg Trilogy.
Before being elected to Parliament as an MP for Mid Bedfordshire in 2005, she worked for three years as an adviser to former shadow house secretary and shadow chancellor Oliver Letwin.
Ms. Dorries gained attention in 2012 when she was suspended by the Conservative Party for appearing on I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of here without notice of the main whip.
However, she was admitted to the party in May 2013.
Ms Dorries has been embroiled in a series of controversies during her tenure as an MP.
In 2009, when the Daily Telegraph revealed MPs’ expense claims, she admitted she had asked the taxpayer to bill for a lost £2,190 deposit on a rented flat.
And in 2010, she was rebuked by parliamentary standards commissioner John Lyon for misleading voters on her blog about the amount of time she spent in the middle of Bedfordshire, admitting that it was “70% fictional”.
The mother-of-three also frequently contradicts what she thinks is the image of her party, remembering that David Cameron and George Osborne are “arrogant chic boys”, while describing themselves describes herself as “an ordinary mother from a poor background. and who didn’t go to a fancy school”.
After selling more than 2.5 million copies of her books, her 65-year-old departure from government is expected to help her return to writing.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/nadine-dorries-to-return-to-backbenches-as-liz-truss-takes-the-helm-at-no-10-41964167.html Nadine Dorries returns to the back row as Liz Truss takes the helm at number 10