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Boris Johnson ‘feeling positive’, says Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries in BBC interview about ‘car crash’

BBC viewers described a minister’s TV appearance as ‘painful’ and a ‘car accident’.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries appeared on BBC Breakfast today (5 February).

Ms Dorries, who appeared on the morning news show from her home in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, was interviewed by Gloucester-born presenter Charlie Stayt.

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Asked by Stayt, who grew up in Stroud and went to Wycliffe College, if she had spoken to the Prime Minister in the past 24 hours, she asked: “Why? Why are you asking me this question?”

Before adding: “We have communicated. I’m not going to tell you the extent of my communications with the Prime Minister.

“I would say his mood was very positive – ‘forward’ is one of his favorite expressions.”

When Mr Stayt asked her if there was currently a ‘coup’ underway or ‘a plot by Rishi Sunak to replace the prime minister’, she replied: ‘No.

“You have to look at what the Prime Minister and Rishi have been working on together, just this week there was an announcement to help those facing the rising cost of living, and that’s an agreement made together by Prime Minister and Rishi.”

Charlie Stayt, BBC breakfast presenter

Ms Dorries was also quizzed about alleged ‘parties’ and adhering to social distancing guidelines at Number 10 Downing Street.

She said: “Number 10 is not a house, it’s a building that houses 400 people with an iconic front door – it’s a department.

“I don’t think a lot of people really understand that, and it’s a workplace, just like a staff room in a school is a workplace.”

BBC watchers had their say on social media site Twitter.

Toby Earle called the interview “excruciating”, while Robbie Roberts called the TV appearance “painful”.

Age Garton wrote: “Well it turns out Nadine Dorries isn’t just a terrible minister with an awful attitude, she’s also comedy gold in every interview she gives!

“This morning’s car crash on BBC Breakfast left me with stitches. She has no idea.”

While Chris Hartley wrote: “Nadine Dorries just gave a car crash during a BBC Breakfast interview, this woman has to go with the rest of them now.

“Deviant questions throughout, with awkward silences, what a waste of conservatives to give this woman airtime.”