“I definitely would do more reality stuff. My constituents absolutely love it, because they’ve got someone of their own, who they see in Tesco, on there… I’d love to do Strictly Come Dancing – who knows?”
“I hope every member of the British public thinks hard about what the BBC now stands for; and I hope people in my own party who support both the institution of the BBC and the licence fee will ask themselves, why?”
“The incoming Conservative government has many big dragons to slay, the BBC has to be the biggest.”
“Why do we expect people who are worried about whether or not they can afford their mortgage and Christmas, to pay £140 for a licence fee”, Dorries asked.
Presumably so that she can receive a fat fee while repeatedly moonlighting from her day job.
With Nadine Dorries currently meeting with the chief whip following her unauthorised excursion to Australia, the Mid Bedforshire MP may still be smarting from her encounter with BBC Look East last night, in which she was forced to watch vox pops of constituents claiming that “she is a joke”.
Anchor Stewart White didn’t mince his words either:
“You wanted to talk about euthanasia. You wanted to talk about abortion. They cut all of that out when you talked about it and instead they broadcast you eating the rear end of an ostrich.”
Scrapbook wonders whether the whips office had the opportunity to review the contents of the interview, in which Dorries appears to prejudge the outcome of the meeting:
“The whip has temporarily been suspended which is very different from being withdrawn.
I’ve got a meeting with the chief whip tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock and I fully expect, once that meeting’s taken place, that everything will be fine.
A temporary suspension was put in because I wasn’t here to vote. It’s not like I’ve done anything which is seriously worthy of withdrawing the whip.”
Chief whip Sir George Young may beg to differ, however.
Could she be kept ‘on the bench’ for several months — as some hard-line Cameroons are suggesting?
Nadine Dorries will buried with live insects on I’m A Celebrity, it emerged late last night. The Mid Bedfordshire MP, who was suspended from the Tories after she abandoned her constituents for the reality show, will go head-to-head with soap star Helen Flanaghan in the ‘bug burial’ trial.
With footage due to be aired on tonight’s show, the two women will clamber inside ‘coffins’, after which they’ll be forced to spend ten minutes in the company of an insect-based cross section of Australian wildlife.
The prospect of seeing ‘Mad Nads’ humiliated in this manner is made that bit sweeter given that she was selected for the challenge by a phone poll of viewers. The incalcitrant MP may yet find the electoral politics of I’m A Celebrity more challenging than that of her 15,152 majority safe seat.