Nadine Dorries targeted the BBC laura kuensberg -For tweeting the content of a text from an anonymous source that insulted the prime minister, before claiming it was misinterpreted the next day.
The cabinet minister responded to one of Kuenssberg’s tweets on Wednesday, saying: “Laura, I like and respect you a lot, but we both know that while this text is ridiculous it’s nowhere quite as ridiculous as that person – frankly, it’s totally helpless to get your attention. to shoot. – who sent it.”
Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, tweeted: “After the PMQs, then the liaison committee, the prime minister then went to confront his own MPs at the 1922 committee – one text, ‘looked weak and sounded weak’, ‘authority is evaporating.'”
Dorries later deleted his tweet after it caused a stir, but Labor MP and shadow culture secretary Jo Stevens touched on the issue in Commons on Thursday.
He also noted that Dorries later became angry with the BBC. Radio 4 host Nick Robinson He told the prime minister to “stop talking” a few weeks ago.
According to The Times, the culture secretary told his friends: “Nick Robinson has cost the BBC dearly.”
Dorries is an ally of Boris Johnson and was promoted to secretary of culture in the September cabinet reshuffle.
The prime minister has been receiving much more criticism lately. ongoing sleaze line surrounding his party reaction to his recent U-turn with his northern rail plans and Concerns about COP26 – The UN climate summit he hosted in Glasgow – didn’t go as well as it should.
Then it plummets in YouGov’s popularity polls, and repeated U-turns have made Tory’s back rows particularly miserable – which may explain why Dorries tweeted so quickly in defense of Johnson.
In the House of Commons, Dorries denied the meaning behind his tweet.
He said: “I didn’t scold Laura Kuenssberg, who is perhaps the best in the business… Some members of the opposition seem to have trouble understanding a 240-character composition.
“The tweet was completely misinterpreted, I didn’t scold laura kuensberg and never will.”
The BBC declined to comment when contacted by HuffPost UK.
As culture secretary, Dorries warned the BBC earlier in the year about the cost of the license fee and cuts to the broadcaster.
He claimed on Thursday he was “close to reaching an agreement” with the BBC on the sensitive issue.