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Nadine Dorries resigns – at last! – with a SEARING poison-pen letter to Rishi Sunak

Nadine Dorries with the social media message that will always be associated with her [Image: The Prole Star].

Finally, she’s taken the hint.

After a calamitous Parliamentary and Ministerial career, promising to resign and then failing to do so, prompting campaigns and a petition for her to be ejected, Nadine Dorries has thrown in the towel.

She has finally resigned, relinquishing the House of Commons seat that, we’re told, she hasn’t occupied for more than a year.

But she had one last shot to fire – at her own government’s prime minister, Rishi Sunak.

This Writer would go as far as to say it is one of the few poison pen letters to actually have a signature at the bottom of it.

Would you like to read it?

Here’s the lot, in all its grim glory:

It has been the greatest honour and privilege of my life to have served the good people of Mid Bedfordshire as their MP for eighteen years and I count myself blessed to have worked in Westminster for almost a quarter of a century. Despite what some in the media and you yourself have implied, my team of caseworkers and I have continued to work for my constituents faithfully and diligently to this day.

When I arrived in Mid Bedfordshire in 2005, I inherited a Conservative majority of 8,000. Over five elections this has increased to almost 25,000, making it one of the safest seats in the country. A legacy I am proud of.

During my time as a Member of Parliament, I have served as a back bencher, a bill Committee Chair, a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State before becoming Minister of State in the Department of Health and Social Care during the Covid crisis, after which I was appointed as Secretary of State at the department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport. 

The offer to continue in my Cabinet role was extended to me by your predecessor, Liz Truss, and I am grateful for your personal phone call on the morning you appointed your cabinet in October, even if I declined to take the call.

As politicians, one of the greatest things we can do is to empower people to have opportunities to achieve their aspirations and to help them to change their lives for the better. In DHSC I championed meaningful improvements to maternity and neonatal safety. I launched the women’s health strategy and pushed forward a national evidence-based trial for Group B Strep testing in pregnant women with the aim to reduce infant deaths. 

When I resigned as Secretary of State for DCMS I was able to thank the professional, dedicated, and hard-working civil servants for making our department the highest performing in Whitehall. We worked tirelessly to strengthen the Online Safety Bill to protect young people, froze the BBC licence fee, included the sale of Channel 4 into the Media Bill to protect its long-term future and led the world in imposing cultural sanctions when Putin invaded Ukraine.

I worked with and encouraged the tech sector, to search out untaught talents such as creative and critical thinking in deprived communities offering those who faced a life on low unskilled pay or benefits, access to higher paid employment and social mobility. What many of the CEOs I spoke to in the tech sector and business leaders really wanted was meaningful regulatory reform from you as chancellor to enable companies not only to establish in the UK, but to list on the London Stock Exchange rather than New York. 

You flashed your gleaming smile in your Prada shoes and Savile Row suit from behind a camera, but you just weren’t listening. All they received in return were platitudes and a speech illustrating how wonderful life was in California. London is now losing its appeal as more UK-based companies seek better listing opportunities in the U.S. That, Prime Minister, is entirely down to you.

Long before my resignation announcement, in July 2022, I had advised the Cabinet Secretary, Simon Case, of my intention to step down. Senior figures in the party, close allies of yours, have continued to this day to implore me to wait until the next general election rather than inflict yet another damaging by-election on the party at a time when we are consistently twenty points behind in the polls.

Having witnessed first-hand, as Boris Johnson and then Liz Truss were taken down, I decided that the British people had a right to know what was happening in their name. Why is it that we have had five Conservative Prime Ministers since 2010, with not one of the previous four having left office as the result of losing a general election? That is a democratic deficit which the mother of parliaments should be deeply ashamed of and which, as you and I know, is the result of the machinations of a small group of individuals embedded deep at the centre of the party and Downing St.

To start with, my investigations focused on the political assassination of Boris Johnson, but as I spoke to more and more people – and I have spoken to a lot of people, from ex-Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers both ex and current through all levels of government and Westminster and even journalists – a dark story emerged which grew ever more disturbing with each person I spoke to.

It became clear to me as I worked that remaining as a back bencher was incompatible with publishing a book which exposes how the democratic process at the heart of our party has been corrupted. As I uncovered this alarming situation I knew, such were the forces ranged against me, that I was grateful to retain my parliamentary privilege until today. And, as you also know Prime Minister, those forces are today the most powerful figures in the land. The onslaught against me even included the bizarre spectacle of the Cabinet Secretary claiming (without evidence) to a select committee that he had reported me to the Whips and Speakers office (not only have neither office been able to confirm this was true, but they have no power to act, as he well knows). It is surely as clear a breach of Civil Service impartiality as you could wish to see.

But worst of all has been the spectacle of a Prime Minister demeaning his office by opening the gates to whip up a public frenzy against one of his own MPs. You failed to mention in your public comments that there could be no writ moved for a by-election over summer. And that the earliest any by-election could take place is at the end of September. The clearly orchestrated and almost daily personal attacks demonstrates the pitifully low level your Government has descended to.

It is a modus operandi established by your allies which has targeted Boris Johnson, transferred to Liz Truss and now moved on to me. But I have not been a Prime Minister. I do not have security or protection. Attacks from people, led by you, declared open season on myself and the past weeks have resulted in the police having to visit my home and contact me on a number of occasions due to threats to my person.

Since you took office a year ago, the country is run by a zombie Parliament where nothing meaningful has happened. What exactly has been done or have you achieved? You hold the office of Prime Minister unelected, without a single vote, not even from your own MPs. You have no mandate from the people and the Government is adrift. You have squandered the goodwill of the nation, for what?

And what a difference it is now since 2019, when Boris Johnson won an eighty-seat majority and a greater percentage of the vote share than Tony Blair in the Labour landslide victory of ’97. We were a mere five points behind on the day he was removed from office. Since you became Prime Minister, his manifesto has been completely abandoned. We cannot simply disregard the democratic choice of the electorate, remove both the Prime Minister and the manifesto commitments they voted for and then expect to return to the people in the hope that they will continue to unquestioningly support us. They have agency, they will use it.

Levelling up has been discarded and with it, those deprived communities it sought to serve. Social care, ready to be launched, abandoned along with the hope of all of those who care for the elderly and the vulnerable. The Online Safety Bill has been watered down. BBC funding reform, the clock run down. The Mental Health Act, timed out. Defence spending, reduced. Our commitment to net zero, animal welfare and the green issues so relevant to the planet and voters under 40, squandered. As Lord Goldsmith wrote in his own resignation letter, because you simply do not care about the environment or the natural world. What exactly is it you do stand for?

You have increased Corporation tax to 25 per cent, taking us to the level of the highest tax take since World War two at 75 per cent of GDP, and you have completely failed in reducing illegal immigration or delivering on the benefits of Brexit. The bonfire of EU legislation, swerved. The Windsor framework agreement, a dead duck, brought into existence by shady promises of future preferment with grubby rewards and potential gongs to MPs. Stormont is still not sitting.

Disregarding your own chancellor, last week you took credit for reducing inflation, citing your ‘plan’. There has been no budget, no new fiscal measures, no debate, there is no plan. Such statements take the British public for fools. The decline in the price of commodities such as oil and gas, the eased pressure on the supply of wheat and the increase in interest rates by the Bank of England are what has taken the heat out of the economy and reduced inflation. For you to personally claim credit for this was disingenuous at the very least.

It is a fact that there is no affection for Keir Starmer out on the doorstep. He does not have the winning X factor qualities of a Thatcher, a Blair, or a Boris Johnson, and sadly, Prime Minister, neither do you. Your actions have left some 200 or more of my MP colleagues to face an electoral tsunami and the loss of their livelihoods, because in your impatience to become Prime Minister you put your personal ambition above the stability of the country and our economy. Bewildered, we look in vain for the grand political vision for the people of this great country to hold on to, that would make all this disruption and subsequent inertia worthwhile, and we find absolutely nothing.

I shall take some comfort from explaining to people exactly how you and your allies achieved this undemocratic upheaval in my book. I am a proud working-class Conservative which is why the Levelling Up agenda was so important to me. I know personally how effective a strong and helping hand can be to lift someone out of poverty and how vision, hope and opportunity can change lives. You have abandoned the fundamental principles of Conservatism. History will not judge you kindly.

I shall today inform the Chancellor of my intention to take the Chiltern Hundreds, enabling the writ to be moved on September the 4th for the by-election you are so desperately seeking to take place.

It’s dynamite, isn’t it? Okay, it was written by someone whose nickname is “Mad Nad”, so you have to take it with a pinch of salt, but as far as all its claims are concerned – let’s hope for the best!

Thanks to the Daily Mail for finally supplying us with something we want to read.

The general consensus is that resigning is the best thing Dorries has ever done (be warned – the first message below contains extreme language):

What, “Whinge moan, point finger, spit, rage, narcissism, ineptitude, whinge, moan, grr, Sunak yuk, whinge, narcissism, working class don’t make me laugh, whinge moan, now where’s my money”?

Do you really think that will help, Chris?

Best of all, Mad Nad isn’t wrong about Fishy Rishi.

His latest wheeze is to avoid attending the United Nations’ general assembly, leading to this commentary (and probably many others):

 

Boris Johnson’s supporters come out to trash Partygate report. But look at the state of them!

Michael Fabricant: in this image he appears to be clamping his mouth shut – to avoid putting his foot in it?

There’s a famous saying that you can tell a person’s quality by the quality of their enemies. It also applies to their friends.

So let’s look at the people who’ve come out in support of Boris Johnson after the Partygate Inquiry found him to have lied – habitually – to Parliament and the nation.

Who are these people?

Dorries should certainly face reprisals if her claim about one of the inquiry panel’s members cannot be supported with facts.

What else are Johnson’s supporters saying?

So Fabricant defended Johnson without even knowing what was in the report and the evidence that supported it.

It indicates a faith in Johnson that borders on the psychotic, in This Writer’s opinion.

Oh, and what does Boris Johnson think of Michael Fabricant?

Hmm.


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More shenanigans from Boris Johnson and Nadine Dorries – to achieve what?

Mischief-makers: Boris Johnson and Nadine Dorries.

Dept. of Some-People-Don’t-Know-When-To-Quit: Boris Johnson has made a new submission to the Partygate Inquiry, effectively trying to have two bites of the cherry it offered him when it requested a response to its draft report last week.

And it seems Nadine Dorries only said she was going to resign as an MP on the same day Johnson actually resigned, and is now dragging her heels over whether to make it official or not – thereby clagging up the by-election procedure.

What a pair of clowns.

We don’t know much about what Johnson has written; only that he passed his new submission on to the inquiry at 11.57pm yesterday, in the knowledge that its members had intended to publish their report today (June 14).

It seems the intention was to delay publication of the report – but for what purpose? Members of the inquiry panel are hardly likely to change their minds about him after he branded them a “kangaroo court” in his resignation letter last week.

If he’s trying to limit the damage the report will do to him, one might argue that he should have thought of it before. His main – and ridiculous in many people’s opinion – contention is that he did not lie, but that won’t make any difference to the report. You may remember that This Writer lost a court case last November. I did not lie in those proceedings but the judge chose to believe a particular story and there was nothing I could do about it. Some times you just have to grit your teeth, bear it, and try to limit the damage by other means.

As for Nadine Dorries, the thrust of the BBC report seems to be that she has delayed her resignation because, while she remains an MP, she can use Parliamentary privilege to make her views known on any issue she cares to mention, without fear of legal consequences.

She may wish to dish some dirt on Tory government activities, to make prime minister Rishi Sunak look criminal, malevolent or incompetent (she blames him for taking preventing her from becoming a peer in Johnson’s resignation honours list).

Or she may want to contribute to the debate about the Partygate Inquiry’s findings.

She may time her resignation so that the by-election for her constituency takes place right before party conference season, providing the media with material that is potentially damaging to the Tories at a highly inconvenient moment for them.

She may even decide that she doesn’t want to quit after all, meaning her Tory colleagues will have carried out a lot of work for a by-election in Mid Bedfordshire for nothing.

By-elections to find replacements for Johnson and Nigel Adams, who also quit last Friday, are likely to take place on July 13 or July 20 – most probably the latter date.


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Is ConservativeHome’s Henry Hill the new hero of British politics?

Politics in the UK seems to have an unlikely new hero in the shape of ConservativeHome’s deputy editor, Henry Hill.

In his latest appearance on the BBC’s Politics Live, he managed to CONVINCINGLY rubbish current Tory leader and prime minister Rishi Sunak.

He went on to trash former PM Boris Johnson.

And for good measure, he made mincemeat out of Nadine Dorries as well.

But before we get too excited, let’s just remember that he is a Conservative, and while we can now see who he’s against, this says nothing about what he is for.


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Nadine Dorries quits the Commons – at last! If it’s to become a Lady, we foresee difficulties

Nadine Dorries: is she soon to become Lady Dorries of window-licking trolls? [Image: The Prole Star.]

This seems an extremely mixed blessing.

At long last, Nadine Dorries is dragging her carcass out of the House of Commons – despite spending considerable effort telling us she wasn’t going to do anything of the sort until after the next general election.

It means there will be a by-election. Let’s hope the people of Mid Bedfordshire have the sense to give both the Conservatives and Labour a wake-up call and vote for somebody else. Will the Green Party be putting up a candidate?

Dorries is doing this, conspicuously, right before details of Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list are published, in which it was alleged (but she strenuously denied) that she might be ennobled.

That’s right – we might be facing the prospect of Lady “Window Licking Trolls” before the end of the month.

It was bad enough with Michelle Mone flouncing around the Lords in her vermine ermine. Who next – Esther bloody McVey?

They could all gather around the Woolsack, chanting, “When shall we three meet again – to persecute, swindle or just act vain?”

It’s bad enough that Rishi Sunak is so weak-willed he’s willing to accept Johnson’s choices of honours. They were always bound to elevate his vile cronies – and McVey is certainly among those.


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Nadine Dorries is stepping down as an MP. Let’s see some of her greatest hits

With Parliament in recess, those of us who comment on politics may scrape around for stories, a bit.

Happily, people like Nadine Dorries are gifts that keep on giving!

Here’s a run-down of some of her greatest (for us) moments, courtesy of Politics Joe:


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Former Culture Secretary and ‘window-licker’ gaffe MP Nadine Dorries is quitting

Nadine Dorries and her finest hour [Image: The Prole Star.]

Don’t all cheer at once!

Here’s the story from Sky News:

I look forward to writing a retrospective on her career, taking in her appearance on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, her “window lickin’ Twitter trolls” tweet, and her attempt to privatise Channel 4.

Who’ll be next to go?


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Nadine Dorries’s constituents: She’s the shame of Bedfordshire | Dorset Eye

Nadine Dorries: I should get a more recent image of her. But I can’t be bothered. Hopefully she’ll be gone soon.

The people of Bedfordshire are to be saluted for realising what Nadine Dorries really is:

There is not much more that can be said about Nadine Dorries. Therefore, let us leave it to her constituents to summarise.

Source: Nadine Dorries’s constituents: She is the shame of Bedfordshire – Dorset Eye


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Nadine Dorries shows us all how to increase our Twitter followings. Thanks, Nadine!

This is a great story – not only does it run Nadine Dorries into the ground but it also provides a valuable tip on how to beat the algorithms and increase our followings on the social media:

So, basically, if you want to boost the number of followers you have, simply troll a high-profile politician with an obvious truth.

Ironically, this video was suggested to me by YouTube – so there’s one algorithm that’s working properly.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Tory government does something right! Channel 4 privatisation is called off

Michelle Donelan: she’s made the right choice.

Conservative Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan has confirmed that the government will not go ahead with a controversial plan to privatise Channel 4.

And quite right too!

Former Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries had been determined to sell off the company in order to make a fast buck for Boris Johnson’s spendthrift government, last year.

She ignored a  public consultation that resulted in 24/25 of respondents saying privatisation should not happen, claiming that Channel 4’s current ownership model, as a publicly-owned, advertising-funded broadcaster, is too restrictive. That model was, of course, dictated by the government.

Giving evidence to the Commons Culture Committee last May, she said Channel 4 is dependent on just one stream of revenue – advertising – but income is falling as advertisers have more choice. She claimed Netflix would be a better option.

And the government could not allow Channel 4 to borrow to invest, because the taxpayer would be liable for those debts, she said. This actually did make sense of one of the restrictions on the channel’s funding.

But later in the session, the SNP’s John Nicolson pointed out that Channel 4 is currently making record profits – belying what Dorries has been saying about advertising revenue.

Her response?

“That means it would be a good time to sell.”

Dorries said after the channel was privatised it would be better-able to make its own programmes, because the government would then lift restrictions on borrowing money or raising private sector capital by issuing shares.

But while remaining in public ownership would preclude the issuing of shares, it would be perfectly possible for the government to vary Channel 4’s current ownership model to provide it with other forms of revenue generation in order to make, and then sell, programmes.

And now that is what the government seems keen to do.

According to the BBC,

Michelle Donelan has now said the broadcaster “should not be sold”, instead proposing other reforms because “change is necessary”.

Her alternative reforms include allowing the broadcaster to make and own the rights to some of its own programmes – many of which are currently made by independent production companies – and moving more jobs outside London.

“This announcement will bring huge opportunities across the UK with Channel 4’s commitment to double their skills investment to £10m and double the number of jobs outside of London,” Ms Donelan said.

“The package will also safeguard the future of our world leading independent production sector. We will work closely with them to add new protections such as increasing the amount of content C4C [Channel 4 Corporation] must commission from independent producers.”

Channel 4 welcomed the news, saying the decision “allows us to be even more of a power in the digital world”.

The announcement came a day after a letter, in which Donelan recommended the move to the prime minister, was leaked – sparking an angry response from Dorries, who said the privatisation was one of a number of “progressive” policies that were being “washed down the drain”.

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