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Nadine Dorries: Why did the former Culture Secretary delete Twitter?

Dorries was known for her controversial tweets, including one calling out Rishi Sunak’s suit during the Conservative leadership contest

Twitter users were surprised to see the Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire’s account did not exist.

The former culture secretary got herself in hot water on the platform, with controversial posts attacking her political opponents.

During the Conservative leadership contest, she tweeted about former Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s suits and Prime Minister (PM) Liz Truss’ earrings.

Dorries left the cabinet two weeks ago after Boris Johnson resigned as prime minister.

So why did Nadine Dorries delete her Twitter account? Here’s everything you need to know.

Nadine Dorries leaving Downing Street as Culture Secretary in July (Photo: Getty Images)

Why did Nadine Dorries delete her Twitter account?

Dorries had a large following on Twitter, often due to his controversial remarks on the platform.

In July, his tweets against Conservative leader Sunak’s candidate drew criticism from within his own party.

Her tweet read: “Liz Truss will be scouring the country with her earrings which cost around £4.50 at Claire’s Accessories.

“Meanwhile…Rishi visits Teeside in £450 Prada shoes and sported a bespoke £3,500 suit as he prepares for a decisive leadership vote.”

In response, Tory MP Angela Richardson MP replied: “FFS Nadine! Muted.”

Nadine Dorries has deleted her Twitter account (Pic: Twitter)

But it didn’t stop there, in July Dorries retweeted an image showing Sunak as Brutas stabbing former Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the back.

This isn’t the first time his use of social media has been questioned.

In 2021, Dorries was asked about her tweets after backing an online safety bill that she said would “end abuse, period.”

SNP MP John Nicolson asked the then Culture Secretary if it was appropriate to refer to journalist James O’Brien as a ‘f*ck wit public school posh boy’.

With Dorries claiming that Shae “may have” sent the tweet in question.

No exact reason was given as to why Dorries deleted his account.

Although there is speculation on Twitter that it could be linked to his hopes of joining the House of Lords.

In a tweet sharing some of Dorries’ controversial posts, one user tweeted, “Nadine Dorries deleted her Twitter. I wonder if she was concerned that this would affect any scrutiny by the House of Lords Appointments Committee…”

Why did Nadine Dorries leave the government?

Dorries left the government after the appointment of Liz Truss as Prime Minister.

Truss had offered Dorries her former role as cabinet culture secretary, but she turned it down.

In a statement, Dorries said: “I have delivered my letter of resignation to the outgoing Prime Minister. I am honored that Liz Truss has placed her trust in me by asking me to remain DCMS Secretary of State.

Adding: “I know Liz will be a worthy successor; protect your legacy and provide both leadership and vision for the nation.

What was the reaction?

There has been a mixed reaction on social media, with some accounts happy to see Dorries gone, while others question her motives.

Twitter user @acailler tweeted while sharing a gif: “Unfortunately, @NadineDorries deleted his Twitter account. For my part, I will miss her.

While others have shared speculation that she deleted her account because she hoped to join the House of Lords.

Twitter user @mrjamesob, the reporter Dorries has called out to in the past, tweeted: “Not raining on the parade, but it’s possible that Nadine Dorries deleted her Twitter account to prevent the nominating committee from the House of Lords to consider the unbalanced bile she regularly posted.

Many Twitter users were also quick to point out that even after her account was deleted, her tweets were still accessible.

User @lukemcgee tweeted: “…Does Nadine Dorries think deleting her Twitter means people can’t find her old tweets? Surely that’s not the reason. Surely. Please God, don’t let that be the reason.