Nadine Dorries


Nadine Dorries
Nadine Dorries MP
Member of Parliament
for Mid Bedfordshire
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Jonathan Sayeed
Majority 15,152 (27.6%)
Personal details
Born 21 May 1957 (1957-05-21) (age 54)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Nationality English
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Paul Dorries (separated)[1]
Children 3 daughters
Religion Anglican
Website www.dorries.org.uk

Nadine Vanessa Dorries (née Bargery, born 21 May 1957) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Bedfordshire since 2005. She is a noted campaigner on many issues, particularly on the subject of abortion, where she campaigned to reduce the time limit beyond which the operation cannot be performed, and to change the rules concerning the counselling of women interested in ending their pregnancy.

Born in Liverpool, England, she, initially worked as a nurse eventually becoming a medical representative to Ethicla Ltd. Her medical career enabled her to spend a year in Zambia as the head of a community school. Having returned home a year later, she founded Company Kids Ltd, which provided child day-care services for working parents. The company was sold in 1998 and she became PPC for Hazel Grove where she was unsuccessful, losing to the Liberal Democrat MP Andrew Stunell .

In 2005, Dorries made a further attempt to enter politics and was successful. She was elected to the House of Commons at the 2005 general election for the safe seat of Mid-Bedfordshire, with a majority of 11,355, and made her maiden speech on 25 May 2005. Since being in office, Dorries introduced a Private Member's Bill in the House of Commons, which would have reduced the time limit for abortion in Great Britain from 24 to 21 weeks; introduced a ten day 'cooling-off' period for women wishing to have an abortion, during which time the woman would be required to undergo counselling; and accelerate access to abortion at the end of the cooling-off period. She is also a fierce critic of the current Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.

Dorries has been described as a right-wing conservative, and whose high profile in the media, has led to her being called "Mad Nad the working-class Conservative" She is currently separated from her husband and has three daughters. In 2008 Dorries won the The Spectator" Reader's Representative Award.

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Early life

Dorries was born Nadine Bargery in Liverpool, England, the daughter of a bus driver who died aged 42.[2] She was raised in Anfield, Liverpool, and educated at Rose Heath Primary School,[3] and Halewood Grange Comprehensive School (while Alan Bleasdale taught there)[4][5] before her family moved to Runcorn.[3] Dorries grew up on a council estate, and her parents took advantage of the "Right to Buy" scheme.[6][7] She left the Merseyside area after she married mining engineer Paul Dorries.

Dorries is a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club.[8] She has said that her great-grandfather, George Bargery, was one of the founders of Everton Football Club,[2] and either the club's first goalkeeper,[3] or that he played in goal for the club in its first Football League game, a home game against Accrington Stanley.[9] However, his name does not appear on the teamsheets for the club's first game as Everton FC[10] or its first league game.[11]

Dorries entered nursing in 1975 as a trainee at Warrington General Hospital. From 1978 to 1981, she practiced as a nurse in both Warrington and Liverpool.[12]

In 1982, she became a medical representative to Ethicla Ltd for a year, before spending a year in Zambia as the head of a community school, where her husband ran a copper mine.[2]

In 1987 Dorries founded Company Kids Ltd providing child day-care services. The company was sold in 1998 to BUPA, at which she served as a director for a year and resigned when she became the PPC for Hazel Grove Hazel Grove.[13]

Selection and all-women shortlists

Dorries unsuccessfully contested the constituency of Hazel Grove as Nadine Bargery at the 2001 general election, and was defeated by the sitting Liberal Democrat MP Andrew Stunell by 8,435 votes.[14]

In 2009, she gave this account of her 2005 selection:

"Three weeks before the 2005 general election I, a council estate Scouser, was selected as the Conservative candidate to represent a southern rural constituency. Because the vacancy occurred so quickly and so close to D-day, the party provided my association with a shortlist of seventeen candidates, of which about five were women. Following a long day of interviews in hot sunny rooms, the list was whittled down to a shortlist of three ... I was informed that I had been selected outright on the first ballot ... That pride, that sense of achievement, the knowledge that I was selected on the basis of my performance and merit above all other candidates on that day is what enables me to hold my head up high in this place."[15]

Dorries's account of her own selection appears to contradict a news report which The Times ran at the time, reporting that party headquarters placed a majority of women on the shortlist and pressed for the selection of a female candidate:

"Mrs Dorries, who has three teenage children, easily beat her 11 rivals and won the plum safe seat on the first ballot at the selection this weekend. Party officials were thrilled that the seat has gone to a woman. Previously, only two women had been selected in the 17 safe seats where sitting MPs have retired. Senior party figures had made clear to local dignitaries that they would like the seat to go to a woman and presented the constituency with a shortlist of seven women and five men to underline the point."[16]

Dorries was highly critical in 2009 of David Cameron's proposal to consider using all-women shortlists, arguing against a move which would create "two classes of MPs". She wrote that "Sometimes I feel sorry for some of the Labour women who were selected via all-women shortlists. Everyone knows who they are. They are constantly derided"[15]

Parliament of 2005-2010

Entering parliament

Dorries was elected to the House of Commons at the 2005 general election for the safe seat of Mid-Bedfordshire on the retirement through ill health after a series of scandals of Jonathan Sayeed, with a majority of 11,355, and made her maiden speech on 25 May 2005.[17] She was re-elected in 2010, with an increased majority and a swing of 2.3% from the Lib Dems.[18]

Dorries, described as "a right-wing, working-class Conservative",[19] is a member of the socially conservative Cornerstone Group.[20] A Christian, she has said in an interview for a Salvation Army newspaper: "I am not an MP for any reason other than because God wants me to be. There is nothing I did that got me here; it is what God did. There is nothing amazing or special about me, I am just a conduit for God to use."[9]

Dorries initially supported the attempt of David Davis to become Conservative leader in 2005.[21] but later withdrew her endorsement.[22] In May 2007, she criticised David Cameron for ignoring the recommendations of the Conservative public policy working group in favour of grammar schools.[23] She did though defend the selection of Elizabeth Truss in 2009, whose Conservative candidature was called into question after an extra-marital affair was revealed.[24]

Dorries served as a member of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee. In the year to November 2008, she attended only 2% of sessions.[25] The committee then reformed as the Science and Technology Select Committee; she did not attend a single session.[26] In 2010, she was elected to the Health Select Committee.[27]

Abortion time limits

Dorries has said she witnessed "botched" abortions on two occasions,[2][28] an experience that influenced her campaign to lower the point during a pregnancy at which an abortion can be performed.[7]

On 31 October 2006, Dorries introduced a Private Member's Bill in the House of Commons, which would have reduced the time limit for abortion in Great Britain from 24 to 21 weeks; introduced a ten day 'cooling-off' period for women wishing to have an abortion, during which time the woman would be required to undergo counselling; and accelerate access to abortion at the end of the cooling-off period.[29][30] She received death threats from pro-choice activists and was given police protection.[30] Parliament voted by 187 to 108 to reject the bill.[31]

In May 2008, she tabled an amendment to the proposed Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill seeking to reduce the upper limit for abortions to 20 weeks from the current 24 weeks of pregnancy. Reportedly written by Andrea Williams[32] then of The Lawyers' Christian Fellowship,[33] Dorries has denied that her campaigning on the abortion issue receives funding from Christian fundamentalist groups, although Dorries website for the "20 Reasons for 20 Weeks" campaign in 2008 was registered by Christian Concern For Our Nation (CCFON), another organisation with which Williams is involved; one of the pressure group's interns set up the website without charge to Dorries.[34]

Dorries amendment was defeated by 332 votes to 190, with a separate 22 week limit opposed by 304 votes to 233 - with MPs continuing to support the 24 week limit.[35] She said of her tactics on this issue in 2007: “If I were to argue that all abortions should be banned, the ethical discussions would go round in circles … My view is that the only way forward is to argue for a reduction in the time limit … it’s every baby’s right to have a life.”[9]

Damian McBride email affair

In April 2009, Dorries claimed to have commenced legal action following the publication of emails sent by Damian McBride, Gordon Brown's head of strategy and planning, which suggested spreading a rumour that Dorries had a one-night stand with a fellow MP, in an email to Derek Draper, a Labour-supporting blogger.[12][36][37] The email was leaked and McBride resigned. Dorries denounced the accusation as libellous, "[t]he allegations regarding myself are 100 per cent untrue",[38] and demanded an apology[12] intent on exposing the Number 10 "cesspit".[39]

Brown subsequently said he was 'sorry' and that he took 'full responsibility for what happened'.[40] Dorries threatened libel proceedings against McBride, Draper and Downing Street but failed to carry out that threat. McBride paid Dorries an undisclosed sum, estimated at £1,000 plus £2,500 towards her costs.[41]

Expenses claims

In May 2009 the Daily Telegraph, as part of its exposure of MPs' expenses claims, questioned whether the property in Dorries's constituency, on which she claimed £24,222 Additional Costs Allowance (for 'secondary' housing costs), had been in fact her main or only home from 2007 onwards.[42] The newspaper also queried hotel bills including one for 'Mr N Dorries': these had been disallowed by the Fees Office and Dorries said they were submitted by mistake. On 22 May she went on BBC Radio 4 to draw parallels between the McCarthy 'Witch-Hunts' and the press's 'drip-drip' revelation of MP's expenses, eliciting David Cameron's public criticism.[43] She claimed everyone was fearing a 'suicide', and colleagues were constantly checking up on each other.[44] Later in the day her blog was taken down. It transpired that Withers, lawyers acting for the Barclay Brothers, the owners of the Daily Telegraph, had required the removal of the blog, on threat of libel action against the service provider.[45]

In January 2010, it emerged that Dorries was being investigated by John Lyon, the parliamentary commissioner for standards, regarding her claim for second home expenses[46] and that it was expected that a number of neighbours in Dorries' constituency were preparing to give evidence against her.[47] It was also revealed that Dorries had claimed £20,000 in office expenses for work undertaken by a media relations and public affairs company.[46][48]

High heels at work

In late 2009 Nadine Dorries campaigned against what she called "a proposal to ban the wearing of high heels in the office"[49] which was to be debated at the 2009 Trades Union Congress (TUC). The motion, submitted to the TUC by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists pointed out that "around two million days a year are lost through sickness as a result of lower limb disorders" and that "many employers in the retail sector force women workers to wear high heels as part of their dress code". It did not call for a ban on high-heels at work, but rather called on employers to consider the health-impact of their dress codes and encourage the wearing of healthy, comfortable shoes.[50]

Criticism of Speaker Bercow

Dorries is one of the most outspoken opponents of the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow. Prior to his election in June 2009, she accused him of opportunism and disloyalty to the Conservative Party and questioned his mental stability.[51] She described his election as "a two-fingered salute to the British people from Labour MPs, and to the Conservative Party".[52] After Bercow's wife, Sally, was approved as a Labour parliamentary candidate and gave an interview about her personal life, Dorries argued that the Bercows were damaging the historic respect accorded to the office of Speaker.[53]

Benefit claimants

In February 2010 Dorries took part in the Channel 4 documentary series Tower Block of Commons, in which MPs stay with welfare claimants.[54] Two single mothers with whom Dorries stayed accused Dorries of hiding £50 in her bra[55] and offering them temazepam tablets.[56] Dorries rejected these claims.

In October 2010, Dorries suggested that benefit claimants who made more than 35,000 postings on Twitter should be reported to the Department for Work and Pensions. On being told by the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper that one of her constituents was out of work due to ill health and had posted more than 37,000 tweets, Dorries told the newspaper that her constituent's tweeting gave housebound disabled people a bad name.[57]

Parliament beginning in 2010

Attempt to remove Bercow and expenses redux

She was reportedly part of a plot to oust John Bercow from the Speaker's chair in the run up to the 2010 general election,[58] and, after the election, sent an email to all new MPs advocating his removal.[59] Writing in the Daily Mail, just before his tenure was reapproved, she objected to Bercow's abandonment of the speaker's "magnignificent" ceremonial clothes and placed herself among those MPs who accuse him of not carrying forward "the great tradition of authority, control and impartiality".[60]

On May 9, 2010, two days after regaining the Mid-Bedfordshire constituency in the general election, The Sunday Times revealed that Dorries was facing the first expenses claims complaint of the new parliament. The newspaper reported that she had claimed around £10,000 for an annual report in 2007 on her performance as an MP, but that her former Commons researcher had never seen the report or worked on it.[61] Dorries insisted that she had indeed published the report, placing a photograph of it on her blog.[62] She subsequently told the Biggleswade Advertiser that the report was never printed and a credit note issued with refund on September 13, 2008.[63]

On January 13, 2011, it was announced by the Daily Mirror that police were investigating Dorries in regards to her expenses.[64] Three days later, The Sunday Times reported that police had since handed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration.[65]

Abstinence advocacy for girls in sex education

On 4 May 2011, Dorries proposed a bill to require that sex education in schools should include content promoting abstinence to girls aged 13 to 16 which was presented as teaching them "how to say no".[66] While sex education already mentions the option of abstinence, the bill would require active promotion of abstinence to girls, with no such requirement of the education provided to boys. Owing to Dorries' claims about practices used in teaching about sex, Sarah Ditum in The Guardian accused Dorries of making Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) "sound like a terrifying exercise in depravity".[67]

The bill drew criticism from health care and sex education professionals, questioning claims made during the bill's reading,[68] and the bill was opposed in the House by Labour MP Chris Bryant who described it as "the daftest piece of legislation I have seen".[69] Dorries accused her opponents of behaving as though she was advocating "the compulsory wearing of chastity belts for all teenage girls".[70]

The bill is set for second reading on 20 January 2012 (Bill 185).[71] after she was granted leave to introduce the bill on a vote of 67 to 61 on 4 May 2011.[72]

Abstinence and child sex abuse

On 16 May 2011, Dorries appeared to suggest that a lack of awareness around abstinence among young girls is linked to rates of child sexual abuse. Dorries stated: ‘If a stronger ‘just say no’ message was given to children in school, there might be an impact on sex abuse, because a lot of girls, when sex abuse takes place don’t realise until later that was a wrong thing to do... I don’t think people realise that if we did empower this message into girls, imbued this message in school, we would probably have less sex abuse’[73]

Blog fiction

A complaint from the Liberal Conspiracy website, regarding Dorries' use of the House of Commons' Portcullis emblem on her blog was upheld in March 2008, on the basis that Dorries "gave the impression it had some kind of parliamentary endorsement or authority."[74] She gave a full explanation of the statement to her local newspaper, in which she reveals that her whereabouts on her blog had been disguised due to unwanted attention on the basis of Police advice. She also claims that she made the statement in order to protect her staff and family. [75]

On 21 October 2010, the MP's standards watchdog criticised Dorries for maintaining a blog which would "mislead constituents" as to how much actual time she was spending in her constituency. Dorries admitted "My blog is 70% fiction and 30% fact. It is written as a tool to enable my constituents to know me better and to reassure them of my commitment to Mid Bedfordshire. I rely heavily on poetic licence and frequently replace one place name/event/fact with another."[76] Referring to her main home being in Gloucestershire[77] she said "I have always been aware that should my personal domestic arrangements become the knowledge of my political opponents, they would be able to exaggerate that to good effect."[76] Another example given was that Dorries falsely claimed in her blog that her daughter was going to school in the constituency. The conservative journalist Peter Oborne thought Cameron should have "ordered Miss Dorries to apologise personally to her constituents, and stripped her of the party whip there and then."[78]

On 27 October 2010 Dorries partially retracted her 70% fiction claim, posting a blog entry which stated that "It also only takes any individual with a smattering of intelligence to see that everything on the blog is accurate, because it is largely a record of real time events. It was only ever the perception of where I was on any particular day which was disguised."[79] Following this incident she made a complaint of harassment by an online blogger to the police. [80]

Visit to Equatorial Guinea with nine other MPs

In August 2011 Nadine Dorries led the first delegation of British members of Parliament to Equatorial Guinea.[81] Equatorial Guinea is a small African country, but the third biggest oil producer on the continent, ruled since 1979 by the President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. It has one of the worst human rights records on the continent.[82] Although she met the Prime minister of Equatorial Guinea, Ignacio Milam Tang, she didn't mention this high-level meeting in her blog. She has been quoted as saying to him: "We are here to dispel some of the myths about Equatorial Guinea and also with humility to offer you help to avoid the mistakes we have made."[81] According to the official website of Equatorial Guinea, Dorries was one of nine British MPs on the trip.[83]

Abortion counselling

Dorries proposed amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 which would have blocked abortion services such as BPAS and Marie Stopes International providing counselling services. She argued that these organisations had a vested financial interest in encouraging abortions,[84] but "independent" counselling services could be anti-abortion faith groups.[85] David Cameron's government at first supported the proposal, but later changed its mind,[86] reportedly because Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg was opposed to the change.[87] Her criticism of Cameron's change of mind was supported by some commentators such as Cristina Odone[88] who shares Dorries concerns.[89] Clegg's apparent opposition was for Dorries a means of "blackmailing our Prime Minister",[90] and a question regarding Lib Dems influence was the source of Cameron's description of Dorries as "extremely frustrated" at Prime minister's questions on 7 September.[91] Cameron was criticised by feminists[92] and others for the comment, but subsequently apologised.[93]

The issue of abortion counselling was debated in the Commons immediately following this incident. The motion was originally seconded by Labour MP Frank Field, but he withdrew his support after health minister Anne Milton intervened to suggest the government would support the "spirit" of Dorries amendment.[94] The amendment was lost when put by 368 votes to 118, a majority of 250.[95] Despite this, Dorries claimed a victory because of Milton's comments.[94]

Personal life

After she claimed her 53-year-old husband Paul Dorries had given her an ultimatum, she separated from him at Christmas 2006 saying that her husband, who has multiple sclerosis, were at 'entirely different stages in our life'. They have three daughters.[1]

In January 2011, Dorries stated that, since December 2010, she had been in a relationship with John Butler, a married man who had been a family friend for 13 years previously and whom, she claimed, had separated from his wife shortly before.[96] According to the Mail on Sunday, the couple split up in summer 2011.[97]

Dorries maintains a high profile in the media where she has been derided as 'Mad Nad'[98] while a defender, journalist Quentin Letts has accused other workedMPs of feeling "envy" for her flamboyance and publicity skills.[99]

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  69. ^ Morris, Nigel (5 May 2011). "MP: Teach girls virtues of virginity". The Independent (London). http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/mp-teach-girls-virtues-of-virginity-2279002.html. 
  70. ^ Nadine Dorries "I'm not calling for compulsory chastity belts! But we must teach our girls (and boys) that they can just say NO to sex", Daily Mail, 21 May 2011
  71. ^ "Sex Education (Required Content)", They work for you, 4 March 2011, citing Hansard
  72. ^ "Sex Education (Required Content) Bill — 4 May 2011 at 12:47", The Public Whip
  73. ^ The Vanessa Show. Presenter: Vanessa Feltz. Channel 5. 16 May 2011. Retrieved on 17 May 2011. "Nadine Dorries sparks outrage by claiming that teaching teen girls to say no to sex will cut abuse". 18 May 2011. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/05/18/nadine-dorries-sparks-outrage-by-claiming-that-teaching-teen-girls-to-say-no-to-sex-will-cut-abuse-115875-23137652/. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  74. ^ Cath Elliott "Nadine Dorries's trouble with the truth", The Guardian (Comment is Free website), 22 October 2010
  75. ^ "MP rues claims of website blog 'fiction'" Bedfordshire on Sunday, 24 October 2010
  76. ^ a b Press Association "Nadine Dorries says her MP's blog was '70% fiction'", The Guardian (website), 21 October 2010
  77. ^ Jon Swaine "MPs’ expenses: Nadine Dorries says 'main home' is tiny Cotswold cottage", Daily Telegraph, 19 March 2010
  78. ^ Peter Oborne "Our Parliament is rotten to the core", Daily Telegraph (blog), 12 November 2010
  79. ^ The BBC were fair and balanced...gulp."Nadine Dorries says her MP's blog was '70% fiction'" The blog of Nadine Dorries (blog), 27 October 2010
  80. ^ "Cops investigate MP stalker claim" Bedfordshire on Sunday, 24 October 2010
  81. ^ a b Ian Birrell "The strange and evil world of Equatorial Guinea", The Observer, 23 October 2011
  82. ^ "Equatorial Guinea profile", BBC News, 19 July 2011
  83. ^ http://www.france-guineeequatoriale.org/News/414.html
  84. ^ Nadine Dorries "I want to introduce more choice for those seeking abortion, not less", The Guardian, 13 July 2011
  85. ^ Zoe Williams "Abortion advice from Nadine Dorries is classic backstreet politics", The Guardian, 31 August 2011
  86. ^ Polly Curtis "Downing Street forces U-turn on Nadine Dorries abortion proposals", The Guardian, 31 August 2011
  87. ^ Laura Donnelly and Ben Leapman "How the row over abortion advice for women led to bitter political infighting", Daily Telegraph, 3 September 2011
  88. ^ Cristina Odone "David Cameron is wrong about abortion counselling. He should have supported Nadine Dorries's plan", Daily Telegraph (blog), 1 September 2011
  89. ^ Cristina Odone "Abortion is about money as well as morals", Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2011
  90. ^ Joe Churcher and David Hughes (PA) "Lib Dem 'blackmail' on abortion bid", The Independent, 7 September 2011
  91. ^ Hélène Mulholland "Nadine Dorries storms out of PMQs after David Cameron quip", The Guardian, 7 September 2011
  92. ^ See Madeleine Bunting "Has the Nadine Dorries incident shown us the real David Cameron?", The Guardian, 8 September 2011 and Barbara Ellen "Frustrated? Yes, with you being a boor, Dave", The Observer, 11 September 2011
  93. ^ Nadine Dorries "The PM publicly humiliated me in front of the entire nation, what did I do to deserve that?" Mail on Sunday, 11 September 2011
  94. ^ a b Nicholas Watt "Nadine Dorries's abortion proposals heavily defeated in Commons", The Guardian, 7 September 2011
  95. ^ "Nadine Dorries amendment to health bill debated", BBC News, 7 September 2011
  96. ^ Steven Swinford and Andrew Hough (7 January 2011). "Nadine Dorries: outspoken Conservative MP reveals romance with married man". London: The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/conservative/8247199/Nadine-Dorries-outspoken-Conservative-MP-reveals-romance-with-married-man.html. 
  97. ^ Amanda Perthen and Christine Challand "MP Nadine splits from lover after six months... and his spurned wife says: 'I feel rather smug'", Mail on Sunday, 9 October 2011
  98. ^ Suzanne Moore "Why aren't we laughing at Mad Nad the sexist dinosaur? (we'dshe be splitting our sides if she was a man)", Mail on Sunday, 8 May 2011
  99. ^ Quentin Letts "Bold Nadine could taste the almond poison of public mirth", Daily Mail, 7 September 2011

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