Nadine Dorries arrives in Downing Street on September 15, 2021. (Getty/ Leon Neal)
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries is facing an investigation over a tweet describing a local councilor as ‘just a misogynist with a little d**k’.
According to Ely standard, Huntingdonshire District Councilor John Morris raised the 2015 tweet with the Parliamentary Standards Committee and asked it to investigate whether Dorries breached the code of conduct.
In November 2015, Dorries took to Twitter to describe former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown as “the most important politician, down to his own bum, the most failed in Westminster”.
Morris replied, “Did you drink too much wine last night?”
Dorries fired back: “Are you just a misogynist with a little d**k?”
—Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorries) November 24, 2015
Morris said he was “appalled” when the tweet was recently brought to his attention, and added: “It came to my attention earlier this week and even though it was sent in 2015 I have decided to lodge a formal complaint.
“I know Nadine Dorries is considered a bit of a character and has a reputation for shooting from the hip, but this is appalling. Misogyny should be taken seriously and this tweet only serves to devalue the real problem.
“I don’t want her to lose her job, I just want an apology.”
Dorries, who was appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport during Boris Johnson’s reshuffle in September, is currently pushing for an online safety bill to limit harm and social media abuse, a fact Morris called “ironic”.
He said: “It is more than ironic that at a time when the government is working to push through its Online Safety Bill, which aims to introduce checks and penalties for online abuse, at the same time the Secretary of State for Digital if she herself distributes online abuse.”
PinkNews approached Nadine Dorries for a comment.
Nadine Dorries once compared gay marriage to incest
Nadine Dorries has repeatedly voted against marriage equality and once even compared same-sex marriage to incest.
Speaking in parliament in 2013, she asked: “If the Same-Sex Marriage Bill removes sex from marriage, could a sister marry a sister to avoid inheritance tax?
Dorries also oddly argued, “The definition of marriage and the definition of sex is that full, ordinary sex has taken place. Same-sex couples cannot meet this requirement.
Ahead of the marriage equality vote, she said it “has been sued by the elite gay activists of the Metro and needs to be trashed.”
In 2018, she described voting against same-sex marriage as her “biggest regret”, but later used the issue to support a burqa ban.