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Nadine Dorries

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Nadine Dorries

Official portrait, c. 2022
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
In office
15 September 2021 – 6 September 2022
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byOliver Dowden
Succeeded byMichelle Donelan
Minister of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (2019–2020).
In office
27 July 2019 – 15 September 2021
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byJackie Doyle-Price
Succeeded byGillian Keegan Minister of State for Care and Mental Health.
Member of Parliament
for Mid Bedfordshire
In office
5 May 2005 – 29 August 2023
Preceded byJonathan Sayeed
Succeeded byAlistair Strathern
Majority24,664 (38.1%)
Personal details
Nadine Vanessa Bargery

(1957-05-21) 21 May 1957 (age 67)
Liverpool, England
Political partyConservative
Paul Dorries
(m. 1984; div. 2007)
OccupationPolitician, author

Nadine Vanessa Dorries (née Bargery; born 21 May 1957)[1] was a British Conservative politician. She was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care from 2019 to 2021 and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 2021 to 2022. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Bedfordshire from 2005 to 2023.[2]

On 10 March 2020 she became the first British MP to test positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).[3]

Dorries is seen as a strong supporter of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.[4]

In 2012, she lost the Conservative whip after she took part in the reality TV programme I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! without telling the chief whip. It was returned in 2013 and she was re-admitted to the parliamentary party.

On 9 June 2023, Dorries announced she would resign as MP.. However she later said that she would not continue with her resignation until she had received information relating to why she had been refused a peerage in Boris Johnson's resignation honours. A peerage allows a person membership to the House of Lords. Following disapproval, she resigned on the 29 August. Dorries had not spoken in the House of Commons since June 2022, or worked on a select committee. She was criticised by politicians, including Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader, Rishi Sunak, of not properly representing her constituents.[5][6][7][8][9]


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  1. Gimson, Andrew (11 November 2012). "Nadine Dorries: brave Tory rebel or a self-serving stunt woman?". The Observer. ISSN 0261-3077. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  2. Andy McSmith "Nadine Dorries suspended by Conservative party in row over I'm a Celebrity appearance" Archived 19 October 2017 at the Wayback Machine, The Independent, 6 November 2012
  3. "Health minister tests positive for coronavirus". BBC News. 10 March 2020. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  4. "Nadine Dorries considering Tory leadership bid to 'keep Johnson's flame alive'". The Independent. 8 July 2022. Retrieved 9 July 2022.
  5. "Nadine Dorries resigns: Conservative MP attacks PM as she quits Commons". BBC News. 26 August 2023. Retrieved 3 September 2023.
  6. "UK's Dorries formally resigns as MP with blistering attack on Sunak". POLITICO. 27 August 2023. Retrieved 3 September 2023.
  7. Parker, George (27 August 2023). "Nadine Dorries quits parliament with fresh attack on Rishi Sunak". Financial Times. Retrieved 3 September 2023.
  8. Fisher, Lucy (4 August 2023). "'Absentee MP' Nadine Dorries faces move to force her out". Financial Times. Retrieved 3 September 2023.
  9. Adu, Aletha; correspondent, Aletha Adu Political (2 August 2023). "Rishi Sunak says Nadine Dorries is not properly representing her constituents". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 21 November 2023.