Dorries suspended from Tory Party

6th November, 2012 5:35 pm

Whether or not she’s a celebrity is questionable – but the Tories are trying to get her “out of there”…


Was is abandoning of her constituents? Not telling the whips? Or the waste of taxpayer money?

  • Kayleigh Anne

    So how do we vote to keep her in the jungle eating kangaroo anus forever? 

    It’s interesting to see Dorries’s attempt to enter the media circle backfire somewhat before she’s even on air. Our entertainment has a history of turning Tories with abhorrent views into cuddly likeable figures through these sort of shows. See Boris and Widdecombe for proof of that. Then again, it didn’t really work for Galloway and Sheridan (the latter re-entered the Commons despite his cat antics, not because of them) so if nothing else, watching the woman who lies through her teeth and uses dodgy evidence to push misogynistic legislation into the public eye be humiliated will be cathartic.

    • aracataca

      While not disputing that Dorries is a narrow minded neo-fascist-on the positive side she has described Osborne and Call me Dave as arrogant posh boys so there may be some of that while she’s on TV. If so that will be quite pleasing on the ear-no?

      • Mike Homfray

        I cant believe anything she does or says will aid the Tories! So we should keep her there as long as possible

      • AlanGiles

        “on the positive side she has described Osborne and Call me Dave as arrogant posh boys”

        True, she has. But I don’t think any of the three main parties are short of people who match that description. You do know, for example, Fettes is the Scottish equivalent of Eton?

        • Chilbaldi

          I think Nadine’s inverted snobbery is a negative, actually.

  • TomFairfax

    You have to hand it to the shower of arrogant, but incompetent, posh boys. They know how to let opponents off the hook and then punch themselves in the face.

    In the morning on the radio it was all ‘how absurd/ silly/ self indulgent of Nadine’  by the evening it was a case of Cameron once more bullying women and acting with prejudice. I liked especially old Doris Karloff questioning who DC gets such rubbish advice from.

    • Chilbaldi

      Are you saying that Dorries should or shouldn’t have been suspended?

      She absolutely should have in my opinion. And I think it is positive that the Tories have learned their lesson in acting quicker over this than they did over Mitchell.

      • TomFairfax

        Frankly I don’t care particularly how Tory MPs seek to embarrass themselves if it’s not breaking the law, or fiddling expenses, abusing public servants, etc.

        DC is lurching from one self made disaster to another. In this case he tried holding back the tide, Canute like, over Mitchell, and now he’s rushed to banish someone who wasn’t conducting themself so badly that they were on the verge of being arrested.

        Going from one extreme to the other is not a sign of being in control or thinking through things on their merits.

        • Chilbaldi

          to be honest I think what Dorries has done is worse than Mitchell. Mitchell behaved appallingly to a police officer. Dorries has unilaterally decided to take one month off work without telling anyone.

          If any of us did what Mitchell did, it is unlikely that much would have come of it. If any of us did what Dorries has done, we’d all be sacked by our employer.

          And that’s without covering her disgraceful lack of sense of public service.

          • TomFairfax

             I think we’ll have to agree to disagree about this. I understand your point of view, it’s just not the same as mine.

            Mitchell abused  a police officer going about their duty for no better reason than he didn’t like being told he couldn’t use the exit for vehicles. I remember having run ins with plant security guards in my youth when they were clearly playing the bored out of their minds little Hitler role,  but in the end you realise that there is no point. They are the gatekeepers. I’ve since found being polite and friendly, instead of trying to plead to reason, often gets me through gates I have no right to use these days.

            In any case he was out of order and on the verge of being arrested for language that was in clear contradiction to the governments own policy of zero tolerance for people abusing poice officers.

            Nadine’s behaviour brings discredit on Parliament (maybe, but she’s a long way behind recent competition. GO’s and DC’s expenses claims were a bit difficult to justify, if not the worst.) However, her constituency party haven’t said they’ll de-select her, and the uproar from her constituents seems a mite quiet. IF she made a complete ar$e of herself on TV, and then her constituency party tipped off CCO that they were to disown her, then the action taken at this stage would strike me as appropriate. At the moment it strikes me like trying to make a right out of two wrongs on DC’s part.

            I think maybe my contempt for the House is so great that I can’t take your more generous view of them and therefore that Nadine is dragging it’s reputation back into the mire. I don’t think they’ve got out of it in the first place.

  • John Ruddy

    If she is suspended when an election is called, she cannot stand as an official Conservative party candidate, and could be replaced, since the boundary review is not going to take her out…

  • AlanGiles

    I would think that her local party, not to mention head office would like to see her deselected. She has become the modern day equivalent of Theresa Gorman and Edwina Currie – perhaps genuine in her beliefs, but you get the impression, more interested in getting herself in the papers and radio and TV to fulfill some sort of ego-trip.

    Mid Bedfordshire contains some wonderful rural green spaces. Perhaps the electorate there should have the second Green MP?. Anyway, I doubt that Ms Dorries will be representing them after 2015.

  • Alex Griffiths

    This is a political masterstroke, she was going to get herself thrown out one way or another, the haste with which No. 10 struck with the withdrawl of the whip is no better indicator of just how disliked she is by the Notting Hill Set.

    Her only real chance to continue politically and keep batting for her causes was to turn her name into a commodity where potentially her name can break through the party system, or assist a lesser party breaking the main parties grip on parliamentary seats.

    She’s repulsive, but it’s difficult not to admire her gutso with this move. (She’ll promptly withdraw from the show and race back to Westminster now I’ve said this)

    • AlanGiles

      I would imagine she has shot her bolt with her constituency party though. According to a BBC report yesterday, she hadn’t informed them of her decision in advance, so she is none too popular.

      My guess, Alex is that she will not be able to resist the limelight ITV will offer her. Ironically, who turned up on R4 to denounce her this morning other than Edwina Currie – somebody else who can’t resist a microphone.

      • Alex Griffiths

         I’d agree that her constituency may well not want her anymore, but if she carries this off and gets that name recognition without everyone just remembering her as that TV contestant that ate balls, I wouldn’t say it mattered much to her.

        There is the risk she’ll just end up chasing celebrity, I can’t think which causes me more pain, her in parliament or on the telly.

        • AlanGiles

          The problem is that people like her, though they may be famous for fifteen minutes, probably turn off more people than on, appearing on that sort of show is usually reserved for desperate ex soap stars or ageing pop singers, who are finding the work drying up to open supermarkets and pound shops.

          They have a limited shelf life: Amanda Patell, Theresa Gorman, Currie, and from the past the late David Evans (an Alf Garnett like Tory MP), they so desperately want to be celebrities, and to some extent they succeed by being on the “Z” list for a time, but who takes them seriously?

          • Chilbaldi

            I can instantly think of a few young Labour people who fit this description.

  • Serbitar

    Any chance that Liam Byrne might be persuaded to join Nadine in the Australian jungle?

  • Monkey_Bach


    Nadine Dorries once suggested that any unemployed person discovered to be using Twitter on weekdays should have their benefits taken away for wasting time that could be better spent “actively seeking work”. Based on her current desertion of duty, at least as far as her constituents are concerned, it is perfectly acceptable however for an employed person (like an MP) to drop everything, leave everybody in the lurch, and slope off to the antipodes for a month to appear on a cheap and tawdry reality television show.

    Different strokes for different folks as they say.

    All I can say is that once Nadine becomes unemployed after the next election she will be wise enough to take her own advice and not bore us all with incessant tweets about her change in circumstances and future plans.


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