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Dorries was born Nadine Vanessa Bargery in Liverpool on 21 May 1957. [5] Her father, a Catholic of Irish descent, was a bus driver who became a lift operator. [6] Her mother was an Anglican, and Dorries was raised as such. [7] She was brought up in the Anfield district of Liverpool, where she attended Rose Heath Primary School. [8] In 2016, Dorries said that she had been abused by Anglican vicar and family friend Rev William Cameron, who was made priest-in-charge at St Mary's Anglican church in Halewood in 1966, when she was nine. She was too ashamed to report this to her parents or authorities, but stories of child sexual abuse described in novels she wrote as an adult are based on her own experience. [9] In February 2013, at the time of the Bill's second reading in the House of Commons, she argued that the bill avoided the issue of consummation and thus contradicted the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, and therefore did not make gay marriage equal to heterosexual marriage. [187] She also argued that there was no provision for adultery, or faithlessness, as it might apply to gay couples because the term applies to heterosexual couples only. [188] [189] Burka ban Robbins, Martin (26 June 2010). "Conservatives put Dumb and Dumber on the health select committee". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016 . Retrieved 12 December 2016. a b "Nadine Dorries says her MP's blog was '70% fiction' ". The Guardian. London. Press Association. 21 October 2010. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016.

Oborne, Peter (May 2013). "How much did you earn in the jungle, Nadine Dorries?". telegraph.co.uk (blog). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.

a b c d Treneman, Ann (5 April 2014). "The contradictory Nadine Dorries". The Times magazine. London. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016 . Retrieved 13 January 2016. In August 2018, Boris Johnson was criticised for a column that he had written in The Daily Telegraph. As part of an article discussing the introduction of a burka ban in Denmark, Johnson said that Muslim women who wore burkas "look like letter boxes" and the garment gave them the appearance of "bank robbers", although the point of the article was to condemn governments who tell "a free-born adult woman what she may or may not wear, in a public place, when she is simply minding her own business". Dorries, however, said that Johnson "did not go far enough", saying the burka should have no place in Britain and it was "shameful that countries like France and Denmark are way ahead of us on this". [190] On 7 August 2018, Dorries tweeted "No woman in a liberal, progressive society should be forced to cover up her beauty or her bruises." [191] Speaker John Bercow Adu, Aletha; correspondent, Aletha Adu Political (2 August 2023). "Rishi Sunak says Nadine Dorries is not properly representing her constituents". The Guardian . Retrieved 27 August 2023. Shepherd, James (29 July 2019). "New health ministers appointed by incoming prime minister". Nursing Times. Archived from the original on 22 August 2020 . Retrieved 26 January 2020.

Dorries was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council on 20 September 2021 at Balmoral Castle. [207] This gives her the honorific prefix " The Right Honourable". [208] Awards a b Nikkhah, Roya (4 November 2007). "The Tories' Nadine Dorries: Bridget Jones, MP". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018.a b Mason, Rowena (11 November 2013). "Nadine Dorries apologises to MPs over I'm a Celebrity appearance fee". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 5 August 2016. a b "Nadine Dorries MP explains her fear that all-women shortlists will create two classes of Conservative MP". ConservativeHome. 21 October 2009. Archived from the original on 28 October 2011. Andrew, Gimson (11 November 2012). "Nadine Dorries: brave Tory rebel or a self-serving stunt woman?". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016 . Retrieved 28 July 2019.

James MacIntyre (7 January 2010). "Speaker cornered". New Statesman. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010 . Retrieved 1 February 2010. Nadine Dorries Doesn't Know How Channel 4 Is Funded And No-One Can Believe It". HuffPost UK. 24 November 2021 . Retrieved 26 August 2023. It became public knowledge in September 2013 that Dorries had signed a three-book deal for a six-figure advance; [138] [139] her first book was published the following April. [140] Dorries, Nadine (13 April 2009). "I have become accustomed to the grubby world of British politics. But nothing could prepare me for this". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Nadine Vanessa Dorries ( née Bargery; born 21 May 1957) is a British author and former politician who served as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 2021 to 2022. She was Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Bedfordshire from 2005 to 2023 for the Conservative Party.

Early in November 2012, it was announced that Dorries had agreed to appear on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. [67] Other Conservatives objected to her decision and her constituents were "overwhelmingly negative" on local radio. [68] [69] Neither the Conservative chief whip, Sir George Young, nor the chairman of the Mid Bedfordshire Conservative Association were informed of her absence from Parliament. [67] [70] The Conservative Party suspended Dorries from the party whip on 6 November, after her confirmation that she was planning to be absent from Parliament. [71] John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, received a complaint about her behaviour. [72] a b "Nadine Dorries, the anti life MP who Campaigned for Tighter Abortion Limits, Receives Death Threats". Bedfordshire on Sunday (12 November 2006). Boris Johnson's 'political assassination' laid bare in new book from ally Nadine Dorries". POLITICO. 12 July 2023 . Retrieved 6 September 2023. In July 2019, Boris Johnson appointed Dorries as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health. In May 2020, she was promoted to a minister of state. In Johnson's cabinet reshuffle in September 2021, he promoted her to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Despite being invited to continue in the position, she resigned as Culture Secretary ahead of the formation of the Truss ministry, after Liz Truss took over from Johnson on 6 September 2022. Fourth Report: Nadine Dorries". Commons Select Committee on Standards. 8 October 2013. Archived from the original on 30 November 2016.

Badshah, Nadeem (31 August 2023). "Nadine Dorries' book on Boris Johnson's downfall delayed due to legal issues". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077 . Retrieved 6 September 2023. In November 2018, Dorries, who was strongly in favour of Brexit, said of the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the UK Government and the EU27: "This is a very sad place to be, but unfortunately, the future of the country and of our relationship with Europe is at stake. This deal gives us no voice, no votes, no MEPs, no commissioner". [93] Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health (2019–2021) Dorries visiting the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 2021 Dorries, Nadine (17 November 2009). "Liz Truss case not typical of Tories". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Dorries was re-elected in the 2010 general election with an increased majority and a swing of 2.3% from the Liberal Democrats. [32] Scott, Geraldine (5 February 2022). "New laws would hold Netflix to account over Carr's Holocaust joke – Dorries". Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 5 February 2022 . Retrieved 5 February 2022.From 1978 to 1981, Dorries was a nurse in Warrington and Liverpool according to a 2009 report. [12] Her CV when she was a parliamentary candidate in 2001 stated Liverpool and London as places where she worked as a nurse. [11] She left the Liverpool area after she married mining engineer Paul Dorries. Health minister Nadine Dorries diagnosed with coronavirus". 10 March 2020. Archived from the original on 1 June 2021 . Retrieved 14 June 2021. Dorries won the Conservative candidacy for the safe seat of Mid Bedfordshire in 2005 on the retirement through ill health after a series of scandals of Jonathan Sayeed. [18] In 2009, she gave this account of her selection: Walker, Peter; Waterson, Jim; Allegretti, Aubrey (15 September 2021). "Nadine Dorries appointed culture secretary in reshuffle". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 20 November 2021 . Retrieved 6 February 2022. Howse, Christopher (7 April 2014). "The Four Streets by Nadine Dorries, review: 'the worst novel I've read in 10 years' ". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 15 February 2018 . Retrieved 9 February 2022.

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