Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries dismissed the growing number of censorship letters submitted to the chairman of the 1922 committee as politically motivated. She said Times Radio“There are a small number of voices, whether people who were ardent supporters of Remain, who see this as their last opportunity to reverse Brexit.”
Also appearing on BBC breakfast This morning Ms Dorries fiercely defended the Prime Minister throughout the ‘Partygate’ scandal. She is seen as a loyal operator for Mr Johnson as the loyalty of senior Cabinet members is increasingly in question.
Asked by host Charlie Stayt if the moves against Mr Johnson were a ‘leftover plot’, Ms Dorries said: ‘There are a number of reasons actually, it’s not just one, but it’s definitely in play with a group”.
She said it was ‘important that people don’t cling’ to a ‘small number’ of Tory MPs.
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Ms Dorries’ comments come after Tory MP Nick Gibb became the latest backbench MP to call on the Prime Minister to step down. Former Minister of Schools, Mr Gibb delivered a letter of censure to the Prime Minister on Friday. He said his constituents were furious that No 10 had ‘flagrantly ignored’ the Covid rules they laid down. Mr. Gibb publicly expressed his anxiety in an opinion piece in The telegraph newspaper.
Ms Dorries was also asked if she had spoken to Mr Johnson in the past 24 hours. The Culture Secretary retorted: “Why? Why are you asking me this question? “. Host Charlie Stayt replied “[because] I would like to know”, before the Minister answers: “We have communicated”.
Pressed on what Ms Dorries had discussed with the Prime Minister, she said: ‘I’m not going to tell you the extent of my communications with the Prime Minister. I answered your question. We communicated. What’s your next question? “.
The Culture Secretary went on to say Mr Johnson’s mood was ‘very positive’ and said a ‘huge change’ was underway at No 10 in a bid to reset his post as Prime Minister.
Ms Dorries toured the media this morning to comment on the Online Safety Bill. It was recently announced that sending “genuinely threatening” or “knowingly false” messages will be included among the new criminal offenses described by the bill.
Amid outrage surrounding comedian Jimmy Carr’s Holocaust jokes, which he made in his Netflix special Its dark material, Ms Dorries said the new legislation would not cover her comments. She said: “We are looking at legislation through the Media Bill that would implement these comments from other video on demand streaming sites like Netflix. It is therefore interesting that we are already looking at future legislation to incorporate these kinds of comments”.
The Minister added that Mr Carr’s remarks were “odious and should simply not be broadcast on television”. Ms Dorries has previously tweeted that ‘leftist snowflakes’ are ‘killing’ free speech in comedy routines.