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Culture Secretary accuses commentators of mocking her dyslexia after video gaffe

The Culture Secretary has accused commentators of making fun of her dyslexia after she scrambled her words in a video posted to social media by a Tory MP.

In a TikTok video, Nadine Dorries is heard talking about people being able to “swallow” – rather than download – online movies, and refer to tennis courts as “courts”.

Taking to Twitter on Saturday to defend the confusions, the Cabinet minister said her dyslexia means she can find it “difficult” to find the correct phrase when speaking.

Dyslexia is described by the NHS as a common learning difficulty that primarily causes problems with reading, writing and spelling.

Ms Dorries said: ‘I have dyslexia, which means when I speak I often conjugate my words and say things that sound like the words I’m trying to say.

“Sometimes it’s funny and I laugh about it…but most of the time it’s just hard.

“I’m okay with that. I’ve been in politics for a long time and you’re tough. That’s why I haven’t spoken much publicly about how it affects me.

“But I found it difficult to see commentators and media making fun of me for something that was beyond my control.

“For other people with dyslexia, we’re learning that it’s what you accomplish in life that matters, not what those who laugh at you say.”

The footage, posted online by Luke Evans, the Tory MP for Bosworth, on Friday sees Ms Dorries explain the work of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which she oversees.

“We’re responsible for making sure you have super-fast broadband in your home, which means you can stream your movies downstream,” she told Dr Evans.

The Secretary of State said she wanted “to make the internet in the UK the safest internet in the world”.

She went on to say that her department was also “responsible for everything related to sports, making sure that you have football pitches and you have tennis courts in your communities where you can play and exercise your sport” .