Nadine Dorries struggles to defend Boris Johnson over ‘fake news’ attack on ...
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has accused critics of Boris Johnson of being “selfish” and “doing Labour’s work”.
Dorries said that on the same day the government set out steps to “level up” the nation, “a handful of egos want to make it all about them”.
Her comments follow three Conservative MPs yesterday publicly submitting letters of no confidence in Boris Johnson.
The defining mission of the PM & this government is to level up the whole of the UK. On the very day we are setting out steps to make this happen, a handful of egos want to make it all about them. It's selfish, doing Labours work and it\u2019s really not helping their constituents.https://twitter.com/anthonymangnal1/status/1488887664493445125\u00a0\u2026
In January, Bienkov also highlighted that Dorries previously had strong words for those who want Johnson out. She told The Times: “The people who are doing this are being disloyal to the prime minister, the party, their constituents and the wider country.”
Despite her previously doing so, twice, of course…
Nadine Dorries says Conservative MPs who call for the Prime Minister to resign are \u201ca handful of egos [who] want to make it all about them\u201d and are \u201cdoing Labours work\u201d.pic.twitter.com/KyWBopBibf
Nadine Dorries tells the Times that any Conservative MP who calls for the Prime Minister to resign is "being disloyal to the prime minister, the party, their constituents and the wider country.\u201d\n\nHere\u2019s what she said back in 2018.pic.twitter.com/HCTWFu2XoM
Others, including the SNP's shadow culture secretary John Nicolson MP, pointed out her own endeavours in the public eye, including her stint on I’m a Celeb (although her appearance on the reality show wasn’t without controversy).
I notice my opposite number Nadine Dorries has accused some Tory backbench MPs of \u201cattention seeking\u201d.pic.twitter.com/4tPqUOScRy
— JOHN NICOLSON M.P. (@JOHN NICOLSON M.P.)
Some pointed out that her choice to brand critics a “handful of egos” was unhelpful, while others joked about the “irony” of her remark:
There is clearly widespread anger.\n\nAttacking people expressing that as egomaniacs is as ironic (in the context of Boris) as it is foolish.\n\nIf this government wants to survive, it needs to listen to the public and the conservative movement, & swiftly change course & behavior.https://twitter.com/NadineDorries/status/1488928603035377674\u00a0\u2026
— Ben Harris-Quinney (@Ben Harris-Quinney)
"A handful of egos want to make it all about them."\n\nHello, is that The Irony Helpline?https://twitter.com/NadineDorries/status/1488928603035377674\u00a0\u2026
Ah yes, saying Tory critics of Boris Johnson are 'a handful of egos... selfish...doing Labour's work' is definitely going to helphttps://twitter.com/NadineDorries/status/1488928603035377674\u00a0\u2026
I\u2019m pretty sure every time @NadineDorries tweets, she convinces a 2019er or a back bencher to sharpen their pencil and write a letter. \n\n#JohnsonOut9 \n#JohnsonTheLiarhttps://twitter.com/nadinedorries/status/1488928603035377674\u00a0\u2026
\u201cStop going public with your no confidence letters about this government being careless otherwise I, a government minister, will prove your point with a careless tweet attacking you!\u201dhttps://twitter.com/nadinedorries/status/1488928603035377674\u00a0\u2026
Dorries’s tweet was in response to a tweet from Anthony Mangnall MP, who was one of the three Conservative MPs to send letters of no confidence in Boris Johnson to the 1922 Committee.
The other MPs to publicly do so yesterday were senior Tory MP Tobias Ellwood and longstanding MP Sir Gary Streeter. This brings the total number of MPs to publicly call for Johnson’s resignation to 13, though more are believed to have done so privately. A confidence vote will be triggered if 54 letters are submitted.
Mangnall yesterday tweeted that “standards in public life matter”, and said the prime minister’s actions and “mistruths” overshadow the work of his colleagues.
Retweeting Mangnall’s message, Dorries wrote: “The defining mission of the PM & this government is to level up the whole of the UK. On the very day we are setting out steps to make this happen, a handful of egos want to make it all about them. It's selfish, doing Labours work and it’s really not helping their constituents. [sic]”
Meanwhile, the Levelling Up whitepaper was revealed yesterday, which includes 12 key points on how the government plans to “level up” the UK. This encompasses plans for improving public transport and education, and crime reduction.
Despite everything that's been going on, Johnson isn’t phased. He has gone so far as to tell The Sun that he’ll be throwing his hat into the ring during the next election in 2024 and is confident he will win due to his government’s levelling up plan.
Time will tell…
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