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Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries accuses colleague Jeremy Hunt of ‘duplicity’ in Twitter over Tory leadership | Political news

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries launched a scathing attack on her colleague Jeremy Hunt, accusing him of “duplicity” and “destabilizing” the Tories.

His comments come in a series of blunt tweets that some have slammed as inappropriate.

Former Health Secretary Mr Hunt had tweeted that he would vote against Boris Johnson in tonight’s vote of confidence in the Prime Minister saying, “Today’s decision is change or lose. I will vote for change.”

This angered Mrs. Dorries who returned with a four-part thread.

She accused Mr. Hunt of not having properly prepared for the covid pandemic and said if he had won the last Tory leadership election he would have “handed over the keys to No 10 to Corbyn”.

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“Your handling of the pandemic would have been a disaster,” she wrote. “Your pandemic preparedness for six years as Health Secretary has been found to be insufficient and inadequate.

“Your duplicity at this time to destabilize the party and the country to serve your own personal ambition, more so.”

Mrs. Dorries claimed Mr Hunt told her in July 2020, when she was health minister in his department, that he planned to ‘rush in’ if the government were to ‘collapse quickly on the back of Brexit’ .

And ending her thread on a high, she added, “You got almost everything wrong, now you’re wrong again.”

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Jeremy Hunt ran in the Conservative leadership election in 2019

But when challenged by Sky News political editor Beth Rigby over criticism that her comments were both a personal attack on Mr Hunt and divisive for the party, she was not disagreed, saying there had been a concerted behind-the-scenes effort to oust the prime minister.

Anyone who denied that, she said, “wasn’t telling you the truth.”

She added: “It’s a very well organized campaign by a small number of individuals, some who think they should be the next prime minister.”

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When asked which people, she replied: “I’m not going to say, but it’s a small number of individuals who have organized and stirred up this storm, and I’m afraid we’ve reached a point where people are no longer I’m not going to vote for the Conservative Party because people don’t vote for split parties.”

Mr Hunt is seen as a likely candidate for prime minister if a leadership race is triggered, having made the run-off in 2019 against Mr Johnson.